Thursday, January 24, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - January 24, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 24

4:00 – Diocese of Saginaw Announces Parish Restructuring Plan
Through the work of Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes, the Bishop Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has reached decisions to restructure the parish communities of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and designate use of churches to better serve the faithful. The parish restructuring plan is one component of Bishop Cistone’s vision for a complete revitalization of the diocese. In the fall of 2011, Bishop Cistone shared his vision for the diocese in his pastoral letter, A Future Full of Hope. It was his intention that the document would serve as the foundation of a plan to strengthen the Church of Saginaw. He joins us to discuss how diocesan restructuring will help evangelization efforts.

4:20 – Will Ireland Go the Route of the US and Most European Countries?
About 30,000 people held a rally outside Ireland's parliament building on Saturday urging the government to conserve abortion laws and protect "the right of the unborn child". Pro-life activists, backed by the Catholic Church, called on Ireland's socially conservative prime minister not to introduce planned legislation that would loosen Ireland’s protection of the unborn. Five senior Catholic bishops attended the rally that took place after the Archbishop of Dublin held prayers for "the child in the womb" at a nearby church. Irish Medical Doctor Sean O’Domhnaill testified before Parliament recently on this issue and joins us today.

4:40 – Euthanasia Alive and Expanding in Belgium
On December 14, 2012, identical twin brothers who were born deaf died by euthanasia at the Belgium University Hospital in Jette, even though they were not sick, they were not yet blind, and they had lived a productive life together. They died by lethal injection. Euthanasia is legal under Belgian law if those making the decision can make their wishes clear and are suffering unbearable pain, according to a doctor’s judgment. But this case was unusual as neither twin was suffering extreme physical pain or was terminally ill. Bioethicist Wesley Smith is here to discuss it.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Amazing Success of the “Gay Rights Movement,” The Fallacy of Media Objectivity, and How to View the Gun Debate


  1. Luke 22 – Jesus says…..let those who have no sword sell their cloak and buy a sword.

    Peter pulls a sword in the Garden and cuts off the ear of the Temple guard. Jesus did not say get rid of your sword, he said put it back.

    The sword was THE most deadly weapon of the day.

    And God had apostles walking around with weapons, all around him. Jesus was on a spiritual mission and thus did not want to fight at that point, but just HAVING the sword shown meant people would not attack them.

    Australia banned guns – they now have a HUGE violent crime rate after doing so – the criminals have gone wild

    Same thing in England.

    Worst shooting in history was Columbine – right in the middle of the gun band that expired

    Connecticut – has the highest gun laws in the country – didn’t work

    Colorado shooter – skipped over 3 theatres and went to the one with the ‘no gun’ sign on the door. Why? He knew he would not face any good guys with guns.

    The best way to defeat a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.

    Hitler, pretty much rounded up all weapons before really showing what he wanted to do as he knew there would be no resistance. If people had 30-50-100 round magazines in large supply, would the German army have done what they did – I think not.

    The average drugged up or drunk home invader takes 8 rounds of ammo to stop them if you are shooting to the body mass region. If there are 2 invaders, you better have 16 rounds, if there are three, you may need 24. So if you only have a 10 magazine round, that may not be enough to defend yourself in your home.

    On a little reverse logic, if you are someone like me that trains a lot with various pistols and shot guns, I don’t have any riffles at this stage, it really is very easy to perform a mass shooting with several 10 round magazines in an environment where no one else has guns. You simply expend your round, when the slide locks, you pack in another magazine, rack the slide and start firing again. I practice these drills regularly for accuracy, however, I am hoping I NEVER have to do them. I practice them with one hand as well, assuming I might be holding someone or may be injured.

    There are millions of concealed handgun folks walking around with weapons most of you know nothing about. We keep them in our waste bands, inside our shirts, our pockets, there are a million ways to holster a small pistol. The crime rate of the your CCW holder is the exact same as a the police. So, with these millions of guns walking around, this tells me, these people have been background checked, hopefully do a lot of thinking and training and like me, hopefully think of non-lethal ways of deescalating violence like pepper spray (always on me) or martial arts (I have 2 years of training) but let’s be honest, if someone has a knife or a gun, pepper spray may be useless and if there are two assailants, my only way out or only way to protect this gunman from killing 10-15-20 other people is to put 2 rounds in him. Usually, the stats show, if there is another good gunman in the area that fights back, the bad guy shoots himself or runs. Either way, the mass murder is over. These occur much more frequently and if you set your google or yahoo alert to ccw or concealed carry, etc, you’ll see the stories. They are not reported because the media would never want to admit that if you have lots of good folks with guns walking around, it will indeed deter criminals.
    Part2 to come

  2. Simple Logic – If your family is in a theatre and a bad guy with a gun comes in, would they rather be killed or have two good guys with guns fire rounds and end the conflict before the person kills anymore folks. Cops are there AFTER a crime has occurred. CCW folks are likely going to be our only defense, true first responders. We need 30-40-50% of people carrying and you will see crime drop. It’s documented. These weapons have been around for over 100 years, all of them.

    Cars kill more people than guns. Gun crime is down significantly in this country. And most of it is concentrated in hard urban areas, meth labs in homes, drug homes, etc.

    I need 17+ rounds in my guns so I can defend my home if I have multiple intruders or an intruder who keeps coming because of drugs or alcohol in their system that inhibits pain.

    I want the ability to drop a mag and shoot. I want the ability to use my 9 shot pump action shot gun.

    Another fact – so called assault rifles, which is not a classification, are hardly EVER used in these crimes. I think less than 1% are in the areas they always ban. What does that solve. It’s small revolvers and semi-autos that people can hide in a coat, pop a liquor store and get away quickly. They are too big and long to move around (rifles). Hand guns are much more efficient. I believe the shooter in Conn used a Glock – common self-defense hand gun and just dumped and reloaded magazines.

    Why did his mother give him access to weapons knowing his problems? A head case should NEVER have access to weapons. Find another way to bond with your kid. I have several weapons, loaded, on each floor of my home and 6 boys, 12 and under in the house. They are all in gun safes, that can only be opened by my or my wife’s fingerprint or knowing the code combination of the 4 buttons. And they know the rule, if you see a gun out, don’t touch it, come get mama, papa or Frankie or Luca, my 12 and 9 year old know how to safely take down a gun.

    Why are we not looking at no father in the home. Clearly the black culture is suffering because of 70% out of wedlock births. That’s where most of the gun crime is. There are few gun crimes in homes with two parents that have weapons. Why? The gun is the constant.

    Gun violence is around 33 on the FBI violent crime list behind things like knives, cars, swings on swing sets. They don’t really commit that much crime. The media hypes it and someone then copy cats it. There are far more sexual abuse cases in schools, but if you ask where these happen, they’ll tell you the Catholic Church, why, because that’s what the media has saturated us with. Less than 1% of all Catholic Priest have been even charged or found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, less than 1%.

    If they don’t like the constitution, move to England or Australia where crime is even worse.

    The logic of eliminating guns only serves the criminal and I see no logic the other way. I too, was a gun hater at one time. They’ve probably never shot a gun or taken a gun safety course so they likely have NO IDEA what they are talking about.

    Catechism of the Catholic Church….
    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm.

  3. * During the years in which the D.C. handgun ban and trigger lock law was in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law, while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower.
    Dataset: "Uniform Crime Reporting Program, District of Columbia, 1960-2008." Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Data supplied to Just Facts on June 15, 2010.

    The homicide rate in England and Wales has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 gun control law and 15% higher since the outset of the 1997 handgun ban.
    Page 20: "Table 1.01 Offences initially recorded by the police as homicide by current classification: England and Wales, 1956 to 2008/09"

    Since the outset of the Chicago handgun ban, the Chicago murder rate has averaged 17% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 25% lower.

    * Since the outset of the Chicago handgun ban, the percentage of Chicago murders committed with handguns has averaged about 40% higher than it was before the law took effect.

    * In 2005, 96% of the firearm murder victims in Chicago were killed with handguns (not assault rifles)

    Since the outset of the Florida right-to-carry law, the Florida murder rate has averaged 36% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 15% lower.

    Since the outset of the Texas right-to-carry law, the Texas murder rate has averaged 30% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 28% lower.

    Since the outset of the Michigan right-to-carry law, the Michigan murder rate has averaged 4% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 2% lower.

  4. In the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment to the Constitution reads:
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

    James Madison was the primary author of the Bill of Rights, is known as the "Father of the Constitution" for his central role in its formation, and was one of three authors of the Federalist Papers, a group of essays published in newspapers and books to explain and lobby for ratification of the Constitution.

    * In Federalist Paper 46, James Madison addressed the concern that a standing federal army might conduct a coup to take over the nation. He argued that this was implausible because, based on the country's population at the time, a federal standing army couldn't field more than 25,000-30,000 men. He then wrote:
    To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence.
    Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms

  5. Oh and clips are not magazines. Magazines are inserted or affixed to a gun to load rounds. Clips are used to load rounds into magazines which then go into guns. It's a sad world we have come to, but last I looked, when the Pope traveled, he had armed gunmen, why, because good guys with guns deter bad guys and stop a bad guy much sooner, if he does start firing.

    Via il Papa!