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View Poll Results: Should autistic and other mentally disabled (not ill)] people have gun rights granted?
Yes 20 46.51%
No 15 34.88%
Don't have enough word or opinion to know 8 18.60%
Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Today, 07:28 AM
 
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My son has Aspergers. He is the most careful person at a range of anyone there. His IQ is north of 150. Most with Aspergers do things exactly the same each time. Once they learn gun safety, they never vary from the routine.
Adam Lanza took a bit of a deviation.
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Old Today, 08:47 AM
 
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Should people with autism be allowed to run for office or hold positions in the federal government.
Joe Biden does a neat trick counting dropped matchsticks but Cory Booker's going on and on about Judge Wapner gets tiresome after a while.
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Old Today, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Assuming the autist doesn't have a complex history of being institutionalized


So yes or no and why?
Autist?
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Old Today, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Autist?
Right, like other people have never use the neologist phrase before
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Old Today, 11:46 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Adults with high functioning autism have behaviors that vary with the individual. We have a relative with the disorder. Has a long time well paying job. Married with kids. And a homeowner. He also has social skill problems and is aloof and has no friends.

Occasionally when stressed he has meltdowns. The meltdowns manifest as road raging and out of control verbal attacks on individuals with insults and shouting. These meltdowns are hair trigger and may not occur again for weeks or months. He has guns but none of them were ever a part of of his acting out.
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Old Today, 08:37 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️
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Autist?
Yes. Autist is a correct word for an autistic individual. Autist is the singular form of autistic.
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Old Today, 08:48 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️
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Adults with high functioning autism have behaviors that vary with the individual. We have a relative with the disorder. Has a long time well paying job. Married with kids. And a homeowner. He also has social skill problems and is aloof and has no friends.

Occasionally when stressed he has meltdowns. The meltdowns manifest as road raging and out of control verbal attacks on individuals with insults and shouting. These meltdowns are hair trigger and may not occur again for weeks or months. He has guns but none of them were ever a part of of his acting out.
Autism runs in my family and one of my autistic relatives is exactly as you described above. He decided to not keep guns. Not because he's concerned that he might do something bad with a gun during a raging meltdown (he couldn't hurt a fly) but because of the kind of fears, suspicions and accusations he might be subject to from other people, including authorities. He has no need for firearms anyway so it's no loss to him to not keep them.
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Old Today, 08:51 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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There is a full range of autism... with some being absolutely a functional and contributing person capable of being independent in society.

There is a well known professor and expert of childhood autism who is herself is autistic.
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Old Today, 08:55 PM
 
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Assuming the autist doesn't have a complex history of being institutionalized


So yes or no and why?
Why are you picking on people with Autism. What violence have they caused, absolutely none.
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Old Today, 09:15 PM
 
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Sure. Because buying or possesing a gun isn't a crime nor is being autistic.

On what grounds should they be denied?
I am not aware of any legal grounds to deny them a gun ownership. Autism is not even a disease anymore.
However, as they mostly affected in their emotional sphere: having troubles “reading” emotions of other people, forming attachments, etc
I think common sense should tell us it is a bad idea.
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