Prayers for the People of St. James the Just Parish in Ogden

Friend of the Blog Fr. Erik Richsteig had a shooting in his parish during Mass.  The victim is in critical but stable condition.  Fr. Erik says he will be OK.  The shooter was the victim’s son-in-law. Father, heal the victim completely, give grace, wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill to his caregivers; give grace, peace, faith, [Read More…]

Perhaps it’s time to revisit that whole “well-regulated militia” part of the second amendment

…cuz the whole 22:1 ratio thing doesn’t look healthy to me: [E]every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides. [Read more…]

Things I Don’t Get

I get charging the Boston Bomber with using a weapon of mass destruction. What I don’t get is why a gun used to slaughter and wound far more people on multiple occasions is not a weapon of mass destruction too. [Read more…]

My friend John C. Wright…

co-founder of the extremely exclusive Wright/Shea Mutual Admiration Society raises some objections to my somewhat cheekily titled post “Americans Suddenly Favor Limiting Right to Keep and Bear Arms“.  Quoting me saying “So what’s the basic difference between this and our own domestic debates? As near as I can tell, it boils down to acceptable losses.”, [Read More…]

Americans Suddenly Favor Limiting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

TEST #3: ‘Miniaturized, lighter’… Japan’s PM Calls Urgent Security Meeting… Pyongyang orders troops to prepare for combat… Test A Response to ‘Outrageous’ US Hostility… On Eve Of Obama Speech… World shaken…  NUCLEAR SNAKE ‘SERIOUS THREAT’ TO USA I’m fairly certain we will not be hearing too much about how “the real source of evil is [Read More…]

Here’s an idea. Let’s see if the Church has any input

International Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects [Read more…]

Meanwhile, the Gun Lobby Continues to Impress

Fresh from the public relations coup of “Guns Across America” for Martin Luther King’s birthday, and the not at all crazy plans for secession and armed revolt, we now get the nauseating spectacle of gun zealots heckling the father of a victim of the Sandy Hook slaughter. Update: Some readers are insisting that if you [Read More…]

So what would I suggest about guns?

First, of course, I would suggest that it is perfectly true to say that the problem of violence lies in the human heart, not primarily (note that word, of which more anon) in the instruments by which we enact our violence. So yes, all the stuff the gun lobby says about the mystery of sin [Read More…]

As the Boy Who Cried Wolf Discovered…

…when you scream “HITLER!” every time something doesn’t go your way, you wind up having people making making fun of your rhetoric: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor [Read More…]

Mystical Arguments I Think are Rubbish

After every incident of mass murder with a gun, I can reliably count on my FB page filling up with some variation on “No law can remove evil from the human heart” (from which we are apparently to conclude that any attempt to limit the access of lunatics to the technology of mass murder is [Read More…]