OK, the headline’s not strictly true. When guns are outlawed only pedophile, rapist priests will have guns. theaustralian.com.au: “Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse heard stunning evidence on Monday, including claims of bestiality, hospital chaplains raping patients, student priests being sexually assaulted in the seminary, a priest carrying a gun around a school playground and boys on altar boy camp being assaulted for a week by seminarians in charge of the camp. Helen Last, the director of advocacy group In Good Faith, says abuse victims have told stories of priests keeping guns and knives in their presbytery, while one told her that some clergy ‘introduced dogs into assaults of children’ . . .
Ms Last told the inquiry the Catholic Church took 15 years to deal with priest Peter Searson [bottom row, second from the right in picture above, link added by TTAG], now deceased, who was accused of carrying a gun with him in the playground in the mid 1990s, while another priest kept a pistol in his glovebox.
I’m not saying that Aussie’ loss of gun rights enabled this abuse. No wait. I am. Whenever you disarm a populace, you leave them defenseless. When a populace is defenseless, they become passive. They become prey. Not all of them. But some. Equally, the culture of corruption flourishes. As always, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Click here for a list of 70 Catholic clergy and men working for the Church accused of abuse. In the Melbourne Archdiocese alone. That we know about. [NB: Strange how difficult it is to find photos of these men on Google.]
Don’t think it couldn’t happen here, either. In “no guns for the average Joe” Rhode Island, pedophile priests—up to and including Bishop Gelineau—buggered little boys for decades. I repeat, the state/criminals’ monopoly on lethal force created an environment where this kind of heinous crime could continue unabated and unpunished.
So what’s changed, given that you can round down the percentage of weapons permit holders in Rhode Island to zero, and that Australia continues to be a “gun free” paradise (at least in the gun grabbers’ minds)? You tell me.
[Ms. Last] said clerical abuse continued to this day and her group had been inundated with allegations from victims in recent weeks.
But still the Catholic church had no mental health policy, she said, and adhered to an ancient secretive and hierarchical structure that “no rational person lives now.”
Victims are afraid to complain because of public humiliation, a “fear of an angry punishing God” and because the church’s Melbourne Response process only added to the trauma.
And because they’re used to being controlled and abused, one way or another. Never forget that the Second Amendment is the bulwark against all forms of tyranny.