I didn’t know where to put this, and seeing how this is right up my vocation as a Catholic Cop, I figured I’d put it here:
In light of the tragedy in Newport: what happened to our REAL Catholic Knights and how do we get them back?
This isn’t just a “let’s muse about theological heady stuff” thread. I want to know for real: if I wanted to start a lay order of Catholic Knights - REAL knights - where would I start, who would I talk to, what sorts of things would they want to know.
I’m going to copy / paste a large chunk of a post I made a while ago to illustrate the point. It’s appropriate and shows the error in a recent Cardinal Dolan - whom I normally love - sound bite of heavy gun control laws being no longer a legal issue but a “common sence” issue (in context sounded like he was edging towards it being a moral issue).
Paragraph 2321 of CCC states “The prohibition of murder does not abrogate the right to render an unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm. Legitimate defense is a grave duty for whoever is responsible for the lives of others or the common good.”
To render someone ‘unable to inflict harm’ may easily mean death for the unjust aggressor. Anyone who is motivated can shrug off a bullet wound. The book “Lone Survivor” tells the real-life story of a squad of 4 Navy SEALs who were ambushed by over 300 Taliban. 3 out of the 4 SEALs were killed but not before each of them - including the author (the lone survivor) - received 4 or more bullet wounds. The last SEAL killed actually took a round that entered his head at one temple and exited at the other. That SEAL still fought down to his last pistol magazine. So the whole idea of “just shoot them in the leg” will not reliably render an unjust aggressor UNABLE to inflict harm.
The whole “Lone Ranger” shoot-the-gun-out-of-their-hand is next to impossible. Mythbusters had an episode trying to replicate something similar. They declared their experiment a “one-in-a-million” shot. Hands are constantly moving making a 2" x 1" target (the size of a LARGE sized pistol pointed at you) virtually impossible to reliably hit. This too is certainly NOT a reliable way to render an unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm.
Other mythical “guaranteed to stop anyone but not harm anyone” methods either do not stop or do not exist. Tazer is limited to 21 feet and TWO barbs fired out at different angles must BOTH hit. At the maximum range the two barbs are at 3 FEET apart. Tazer’s long range solution is unreliable and has recently been removed from the market. The 40mm rubber bullets hit harder than a Mike Tyson punch. The target area is usually lower abdomen, legs or buttock area. If a person is on a pain killing drug - i.e. PCP - or sufficiantly motivated - see above SEAL real life situation - they won’t even know they’ve been hit.
Nets - as I’ve heard suggested on a radio show - do not prevent anyone from pulling a trigger.
Instant stick foams, sound-wave guns and Star Trek “set-to-stun” guns do not exist.
Making someone “Unable” to inflict harm means they stop their dangerous behavior. The quickest, most reliable way to stop someone (read: render an unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm) is to disrupt the information going from the brain to the muscles. This is most reliably done by causing the brain to shut down. This is done by two different ways: deprive it of blood, or cause enough damage to make it instantly shut down.
To that end the target area for Law Enforcement is ONLY two areas: Central Nervous System or Central Circulatory System. This means we aim for the Head or the Heart when forced to use Deadly Force. However, shooting someone in the heart is not an instant stop either. A person can live 5 to 10 seconds after being shot in the heart. From personal experience I know I can fire off 10-15 rounds in 5 to 10 seconds meaning a potential of 10 to 15 more innocent causalities. Double However, while shooting a unjust aggressor in the head is a much more reliable way of an instant stop, it is a harder target, but not nearly impossible as striking a gun out of someone’s hands.
Big long post for: Give me 2 armed Templars per school and Newport doesn’t happen again… EVER. Just look at Isreal.
Providing adaquate protection is a MORAL issue per CCC. How do we start this for our kids?
God help us! :knight1: :signofcross: :knight1: