Steven Hopler of Rockaway Township won court permission to own firearms in 1994. At the time, the court accepted the argument that Hopler was a collector and that his blindness should not prevent him from his hobby.
Guess what? I have a problem with blind people owning guns. I'm sure the pro-gun crowd supports this, but in order to do so, they must overlook the obvious problems with it. In effect, those who support this are as blind as those who benefit from it, if you can call it a benefit.
Here's why it's wrong.
Some 16 years later, it seems clear Hopler's hobby has not gone well. He accidentally shot himself in the shin in 2008, and when police responded, they found multiple loaded guns strewn around the house. Later, his home was burglarized and Hopler's stolen guns were purchased by undercover detectives on the street. Last December, a man committed suicide with a gun that Hopler once owned.
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office wants to prevent Hopler from ever owning guns again. That decision will be made by Judge Thomas A. Manahan.
Wait, I know. The gun owners will sacrifice this particular guy by saying his poor gun handling was not necessarily due to his blindness and therefore he should be restricted, but other blind gun owners should not be.
What's your opinion? Should blind people be allowed to own guns? What about other handicapped folks, for example, MS people or palsy victims, the ones who shake uncontrollably? Should they use guns? How about Alzheimer's sufferers?
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