November 30th, 2008 11:37 EST
Blind Dude With One Arm And One Leg Bags Deer
"Columbia -- Dennis Thompson finally bagged a buck. This feat is all the more amazing because Thompson is missing his right leg, right arm and is blind as a result of a motorcycle accident in 2001, when he collided head-on with a car at 45 mph and fell into a coma lasting more than two months.
After nine months in a hospital, Thompson began his quest to normalcy. He was fitted with a prosthetic leg and arm. Previously right-handed, he learned to do everything with his left hand. And he learned how to "see blind." It was a painful adjustment, but he refused to feel sorry for himself." http://www.news-leader.com/article/20081129/NEWS01/811290343/0/ARCHIVES
Thompson is a profile in courage, nobody would have blamed him if he just gave up after losing his right leg, right arm and his sight as a result of a horrific motorcycle accident. Thompson refused to give up or to feel sorry for himself, he is gainfully employed answering phones for his family`s company.
But a blind man with only one arm has no business bagging deer, the only hunting he should be doing is in the morning when he`s searching for his prosthetic leg. To quote Clint Eastwood`s famous character Dirty Harry: A man has got to know his limitations.
It is silly and patronizing to pretend that Thompson killed a deer. The blind man`s rifle was equipped with a scope hooked up to a video monitor, and a spotter instructed Thompson to move left, right etc before pulling the trigger. That`s like a hack writer claiming to win a Pulitzer Prize for an essay that was dictated to him by an English professor.
If Thompson ever picks up a rifle again he should be immediately arrested, along with the fool who is spotting him. To avoid a deer from suffering needlessly, a hunter will attempt to kill him with one shot. A blind man can`t deliver such a clean hit on a regular basis, he is liable to only injure the deer and cause it undue torment.
This should have been a heartwarming story about a man who overcame horrific injuries to live a normal life. Instead it`s a sad story about a disabled man who puts his selfish interests ahead of any pain and torment he may cause his hapless prey.