Dealing with Mass Shootings

“Let’s not kid ourselves that if we passed the strictest gun control in the world that we would end this particular kind of behavior.”  Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker Magazine.

Sadly, this past week America experienced another school shooting in southern Texas.  Ten dead, numerous wounded and the school resource officer in critical condition with two gunshots, one from a sawed-off shotgun, one from a .32 handgun.  Weapons were legal and owned by the father of the accused, but not legal in the hands of the 17 year old shooter.

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As the pundits say, this issue in complicated. Frankly, Cowboy Papist doesn’t believe that secular laws can be changed in our lifetime that will make any difference.  US cities that have strict gun laws on the books too often see the greater gun crimes.  European cities and countries with strict gun laws often have higher crimes and murder rates than America.

To follow up on the quote above, which is online from National Review, Gladwell also said, “The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.”

Is it possible that many young people today (and their parents) gain their sense from wrong from the violent messages from the entertainment world like movies, television and video games, and/or from social networks like Facebook and Twitter?  Is it likely that the folks advocating free love in the 1960s are today’s educators?  Could it be that the social warriors of the 1970s appropriately advancing the rights of women and minorities missed the stop sign and are today’s justifiers of infanticide throughout western civilization?

Did those who socially and politically pushed back on the conservative Reagan and the liberal Clinton years not know how to stop, resulting in the legalization of first medical marijuana, then today’s use and possession of cannabis, to full ‘right to die’ euthanasia campaigns, ending with the petulant “snowflake” concerns of today’s “cultural appropriation”?

Is it the complete loss of true spirituality in America today?  The world-wide Catholic Church bears much of the blame, as it should; closing its eyes to the pedophilia and homosexual activities of its seminarians and priests, harming the psyches of young people forever.  The Church often receives far too much criticism, but it deserves every kick in the ass it gets related to priestly abuse.

Seems obvious to Cowboy Papist that multiple generations have experience in some form a complete lack of belief and trust in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  A complete loss of morality, sentimentalism and universalism are the order of the day.

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It’s easy to say and hard to do — but Cowboy Papist sees true trust in God as the answer.  Don’t usually manage it well myself.  And, it won’t solve the issue of guns in America and the massacre of our nation’s youth.

But, as our Christian saints direct us; work everyday toward trusting in God and the Holy Trinity.  

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” – Padre Pio


Catholic Approach to Politics

Politics!  It’s like a leech that won’t let go – it’s a part of us and our everyday life.  It’s how we deal with it that makes it stressful or background noise.

As a registered independent, herself and Cowboy Papist tend to lean conservatively on most issues, especially the social questions.  As Catholics, we’re unabashedly pro-life/anti-abortion.  Frankly, even if we weren’t Catholic, we’d still be very pro-life.  We certainly don’t much cotton to the idea of a seamless garment.  This argument does nothing but cause confusion; which is the intent.

Cowboy Papist follows a bit of the politics across the pond also, and if we were Brits, (not a chance in hell!), we’d be Brexiteers.  Damn well wouldn’t want some unelected nitwit in Brussels telling us what was right and wrong.  For crying out loud, most European countries don’t even pay for their own defense!

Saw an interesting video today of a British MP, by the name of Jacob Rees-Mogg, who, as a Catholic, isn’t afraid of explaining why he votes as Catholic in Parliament, as K.V. Turley explains in Crisis Magazine, “refreshingly, without apology or equivocation.”

A couple of pinheads were trying to pin him down on why he didn’t express ‘opposition’ to secular beliefs because gay marriage and abortion are legal, supported by a majority of the population, therefore, it’s an acceptable belief.  (Which is a bogus premise; slavery was once legal too!).

However, MP Reed-Mogg makes an excellent point; there is a difference between stating opposition to a legal British precedent (judging others) versus believing and supporting the Church sacraments.

His calm demeanor clearly doesn’t sit well with the presenters who were pining for verbal fisticuffs.  This is a good lesson for us all on how to deal with the majority of our friends and family who don’t agree with our Catholic stance on secular questions of the day.

Cowboy Papist Returns!

cropped-p10303493.jpgYep, seven years ago this blog was started as a means to vocalize the concerns of the Cowboy Papist in the Catholic Church and the secularized western democracies.  We also shared great ideals related to the western lifestyle epitomized in Hollywood’s western movies, at least the ones with John Wayne!

Sadly, the fact is that Cowboy Papist figures the internet numerous social media platforms are filled with those who like nothing more than to bitch and moan — along with too many who are just rude and crude; folks that only add to the noise without offering anything resembling solutions.  You know who you are!

So, given that our world continues to be going to hell in a handbasket, the Cowboy Papist blog is now renewed and re-started in order to continue our observations of the ever expanding ecclesiastical and secular problems that really matter and recommending objectives and common-sense solutions.  Now, . . . how’s that for a mission statement?!

What been happening?

We’re pleased to report that our only granddaughter is now six years old, and remains perfect in every way!  She is in excellent health and appears to be growing up to be a fine young women, resembling her lovely mother and brilliant grandmother in every way!

Cowboy Papist Son number one is in the fire services, serving as a lieutenant officer with a very large metropolitan fire department along the Front Range of Colorado.  He also keeps very busy teaching with various outfits, as well as a local community college.  Son number two graduated college with a BA Cinema degree, married his college sweetheart a few years ago and now lives in ChiTown doing various types of film work.  It keeps him quite busy, but pays poorly.  Unfortunately his experience isn’t uncommon.  While the economy is doing well in some markets, its doesn’t seem healthy in others — yes, more on this issue later!

Herself keeps busy with keeping the Cowboy Papist fat and happy, getting her garden started up, and too numerous house projects.


Thanks in advance for keeping up with the Cowboy Papist – we’re grateful for any comments, and hope to keep up with today’s political, social, and religious sagas!