The naysayers ask:
“Why on earth would a priest carry a weapon? What a scandal! Leave that kind of thing to the professionals! There are police for that sort of thing, you know. Only they should have guns.”
They’re the same people who say that Police are evil and bad and shouldn’t be allowed to have guns.
In response, I think of Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP – may he rest in peace – who would have used his CCW had he had a chance. By the way, if even he didn’t even get the chance, do you think the police would have been there in time to save him? No? At least his chances were better with a CCW. Sure, if it’s our time to go it’s our time to go, but meanwhile, we can do the act of charity of at least trying to be available for the self-defense of others. That’s not a lesser of two evils. That’s a positive contribution to the virtue of justice, even if the perp should die. And Father Kenneth was trying to save another person who was being beaten just about to death (another priest) until Father Kenneth intervened. I think that black lives matter, that is, that the lives of priests matter, you know, men in black, whatever race they happen to be. There are plenty of creeps who don’t think so.
It’s not a matter of a priest asking whether or not churches are left out of the mix or not, as there are plenty of CCW parishioners at church for any given event, at least in my parish. But, as it is, the priest only spends a relatively small percentage of his time in church. He is otherwise with the community one way or another, perhaps much more than the average Joe. It’s not a matter of a priest asking whether he himself is worried for his own safety, as that’s not really the point I wouldn’t think. It’s to be available to help others in difficult circumstances. But having said that, yes, there are a number of times during which I wish I had had a CCW, like the time I ran to stop an arson in progress, recording the whole thing with 911. The pretty much daily repercussions of that are still not over, and that’s well over a year ago.
But it’s not even for that that I ask the question about CCWs and myself. I have to wonder if I’m a bit of a unique case, so much so, as you know, that the FBI once gave me a false passport. Someone needing a clean identity stole mine, and commenced committing all sorts of crimes with all sorts of really, really evil people right around the world, then dropped my identity and took up his own once again, leaving me with the sole responsibility for having done all sorts of really evil things internationally. But if those various crowds he had been dealing with should look me up for more of the same or to shut me up (though I know nothing) I would at least feel a little more prepared for the confrontation with a CCW. And then there’s me dealing with the Islamic terrorist crowd, that is, personally. Having made friends in this country or that, they would only realize later that they had been had. But I just had to understand the terrorist mentality a bit more. And I did get to know it. And I dare say I understand it. But all that wins me no friends on the terrorist side of things. I guess I would feel better with a CCW.
But feeling a little more prepared with a CCW is about what, just feelings? Is there more to it? Is it worth all the effort to train up? That’s a big investment for both time and treasure. To me, a CCW is the kind of thing you use as a tool to make you much more able calmly to diffuse a situation with a confidence perhaps even surpassing that Crocodile Dundee with his knife. And that’s what it’s all about, right? Diffusing situations. Needs level headedness.
This brings me back to what is still one of the most popular posts on this blog with school districts, all sort of government entities, even nuclear sites which want to intensify training for everyone on site:
Anyway, I’m thinking of a Kel-Tec PMR-30, which can still be a CCW for someone tall and heavy with a loose shirt. That would be me. However, I’m open to suggestions…
And I do have all sorts of people with ineffable military backgrounds who, knowing my history, have basically been begging to teach me how to shoot a pistol. I figured out how to do the sniper thing as a kid all on my own (even slowing my heart-beat), but that was a long-rifle. Pistols are a whole different thing. I’d like to empty the clip into a 25 cent sized target at, say, 25 yards. Is that unrealistic? I’ve always said, don’t start unless you’re the best, otherwise you’ll be nervous and that can only hurt people. Am I wrong?
Out of respect for Father Walker, no smart aleck comments, please.
UPDATE: Someone sent an email to hint that I might be imprudent to say that presently I don’t carry. But the bad guys around here don’t read this blog. When they see me they surely assume that I do carry. In fact, a worker (illegally) frisked me for CCW in Lowes a while back. I guess it’s the loose fitting shirt thing. I’ve been told a thousand times for decades right around the world that I look like law enforcement. Why? It is what it is.