Quadriplegic Hunter Controls Shotgun With Breathing Tube

After a football injury at the age of sixteen, Jamie Cap became paralyzed from the neck down. Now, thirty years later, he controls a shotgun attached to his wheelchair with a breathing tube. Getting legal permission was a substantial struggle, but now he's been cleared by a court to start shooting:

Cap, 46, recently won a 2 1/2-year legal battle to allow him to use, with the help of a partner, a 12-gauge shotgun fitted with a battery-powered machine that is operated by a breathing tube.

He described firing that first shot last week with a combination of wistfulness and enthusiasm another person might use to describe rekindling a decades-old romance.

"I don't know if there are words," he said. "I'm so happy. When you find you can do something again after 30 years, you can't put a price on that. Some people think it's nothing, but try being paralyzed for 30 years and then come talk to me."[...]

Cap might not have embarked on his bureaucratic odyssey had he not found Indiana-based Be Adaptive Equipment during a random Internet search. The company, which has made wheelchair mounts for shotguns since 2002, sells about 20 per year, according to owners Brian and Renee Kyler. Cap's model cost about $1,600; a new 12-gauge shotgun starts at about $250.

For a quadriplegic, firing a shotgun requires help from a companion. In Cap's case, a friend sets up the contraption, safety on, on Cap's wheelchair and Cap aims the shotgun by moving the toggle switch with his mouth. Once his partner releases the safety, Cap fires by sipping on the breathing tube.


Link via Geekologie | Photo: AP

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While he has not actually participated in 'hunting' yet, it sounds as if he plans to: From the article, "Cap said he planned to set up his chair on a piece of plywood in the woods or shoot from another stationary position such as a shed on a friend's property"

I'd to think that equipment/commotion will likely scare off any critters, and even if they do come around, wonder what his chances are of success?
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You know what creates more respect? Not killing animals to eat. I have no respect for hunting/hunters. It disgusts me. And, no, I don't eat meat (or any animal product for that matter). I do this because I respect, am thankful for and am aware of life (mine and others).
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If you eat meat, you're quite ignorant for being against hunting. Easy peasy to pick up a pack of burger from the grocery store. Hunting and killing a deer and turning it into steaks and burger is another thing entirely. It cultivates respect, thanks, awareness.
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