EDITOR: In New Mobility’s April 2013 issue613letters2, Mike Collins’ Everyday Advocacy column on gun ownership for wheelers stirred up a great many responses, some of which are included here (edited for clarity and brevity). Collins, a former NRA member, lifelong hunter and quad, is grateful for the heightened interest and has this to say to readers: “I know that there are many valid viewpoints on this issue.”

Ask the Experts
There are several revolvers that operate very simply without a “safety” to be concerned with. They are, nevertheless, very safe to carry and use if properly trained.

I get around with a power chair, and I often felt unsafe when out in public before I consulted with experts, got the recommended training and the required concealed carry license. The response time of law enforcement is always unknown, but the response time of my .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver speaks for itself.

The other thing to consider is that the police officer is concerned with his own safety first. Don’t misunderstand me. That is as it should be. He or she can be of no help to anyone if incapacitated.

There is so much bad information out there regarding guns spread by people who know very little or nothing about them — other than their prejudice that “guns are bad.” My point is that one should not give advice on subjects unless they are qualified. They should consult with experts, or at the very least, recommend that an expert in the field be consulted. The advisee must then be trusted to consider the information from the experts and make up their own mind.
Harlan Combes
Denver, Colorado

Refreshing Common Sense
Great response about owning or not owning a firearm. So refreshing to read something written on the subject using intelligence and realistic common sense. I read and hear so much “gun nut” and NRA paranoid garbage.
Larry Naylor Morgantown,
North Carolina

Advice from Instructor
I’m a T5 para, wheelchair user, and I carry a gun. I