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“The St. Gabriel Possenti Society commends a Florida civilian for using his handgun recently to save the life of a deputy sheriff,” Society chairman John M. Snyder noted here.

The patron of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. (gunsaint.com), St. Gabriel Possenti, used handguns in 1860 to save villagers in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a gang of marauders.



Gun Saint Society Rejoices in Papal Canonizations

“The St. Gabriel Possenti Society (GunSaint.com) rejoices in the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,” said Society chairman John M. Snyder.

St. Gabriel Possenti used handguns in 1860 to rescue Italian villagers from marauders.



St. Gabriel Possenti Society Commemorates Annual Feast Day

The St. Gabriel Possenti Society commemorates the feast day of St. Gabriel Possenti on February 27, Society chairman John M. Snyder noted.

In 1860, St. Gabriel Possenti’s handgun marksmanship enabled him to rescue the villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a marauding gang of about 20 renegade soldiers.


Gun Saint Society Names Catholic United States Senator Man of the Year in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), left, received a special St. Gabriel Possenti Society award here from John M. Snyder, Society President.

The Society named Sen. Johanns, a practicing Catholic, Man of the Year for his support of the right to self-defense.


Book Review: The Gun Saint
Snyder's tome hits target audience with fun, facts

by Jen Veldhuyzen
Human Events
November 1, 2011

The Catholic Church celebrates patron saints ranging from the obvious to the obscure, from doctors to undertakers. Why not add a patron saint for responsible handgun heroes?

John M. Snyder, former Jesuit seminarian and gun rights activist, tells the story of that question with simplicity, detail, and persistence, beginning with the tale of the Passionist Patron Saint of Youth, who saved an 1860 Italian town from marauding rapists and thieves--by shooting a lizard.


Gun Saint Group Hits Anti-Self-Defense Catholic Church Officials

The St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. today ripped into gun prohibitionists in the Catholic Church hierarchy and suggested gun owners place a written or printed message of complaint in collection baskets as an initial form of protest.

Society chairman John M. Snyder said "the forthcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II comes as a welcome spiritual torpedo moving against anti-gun owner Catholic Church bureaucrats."

Gun Saint Society Honors Fort Hood Police Heroes

Fort Hood, Texas police Sgts. Mark Todd and Kimberly Munley this week wore St. Gabriel Possenti Society honor medallions presented by Society Founder-Chairman John M. Snyder here at the American Police Hall of Fame (APHF) during its Law Enforcement Officers of the Year banquet.


Gun Saint Society Declares Supreme Court Second Amendment Decision a Secular and Religious Blockbuster for Right of Self-Defense

ARLINGTON, VA, July 8 - "Last month's historic Supreme Court gun rights decision is a blockbuster development for the right of individual self-defense in religious as well as secular spheres of interest," John M. Snyder, Founder-Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. declared here today.


Society Honors Gun Fighting African Christian Missionary

ARLINGTON , VA - The St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. presented Charl van Wyk of Cape Town , Republic of South Africa with its Medallion of Honor and accompanying certificate during recent ceremonies in Potomac MD, Society Chairman John M. Snyder announced here today.


Catholic Gun Activists Send Message

July 10, 2005

Conservative Spotlight: St. Gabriel Possenti Society

By Joseph A. D'Agostino
Human Events Online
July 8, 2004

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A Patron For Shooters

By Carlo Stagnaro,
ARMI Magazine,
Milan, Italy, June 2003,
(Reprinted with permission of ARMI and translated by Mr. Stagnaro)

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Slim Volume Chronicles History of Gun Saint Effort

By Joseph P. Tartaro
Gun Week
May 1, 2003


Gun Enthusiast Says Catholic Leaders Aren't Following Bible

By Robert B. Bluey
February 28, 2003


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