Obama Attacks on Guns and Religion are Assaults on Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. -“The Obama attacks on freedom of religion and on the right to keep and bear arms reflect the administration’s intolerance of individual freedom,” John M. Snyder said here today. 

Snyder said, “The Obama assault on religious freedom is despicable.  Its mandate to force people to act against their religious conscience in insurance payment for abortion is tyrannical.

“Let us support firmly the Fortnight for Freedom initiated by Catholic bishops in the United States to call attention to and hopefully reverse the administration’s mandate.  The initiative, now in its second year, is a two week program of prayer and action concluding on the Fourth of July.”

Snyder stated that, “The assault on religion is like the assault on gun rights.  The assaults come from the same sources, the freedom haters.  These are people who believe that the state is superior to and determinative of individual freedom. 

“The Catholic bishops should realize this.  They should not let themselves be sucked foolishly into attacks on freedom, as some of them have in the past with their public support for restrictive gun control.”

“They should realize that promotion of abortion and promotion of gun control are two sides of the attack on life,” Snyder continued.  “People own guns so they can protect their lives and others’ lives from criminal assault, as well as for other reasons.  One hundred million Americans own 300 million rifles, shotguns and handguns.  Over 10 million firearms are sold to citizens each year.  Recent studies by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Pew Research Center reveal that as private firearms ownership increases, firearm-related homicide decreases.

“Anti-gun propaganda and emotionally-charged media attention to high-profile murders create a false impression.  The truth is that relaxations of restrictions on gun carrying correlate with reductions of rates of murder and other violent crimes, as scholarly studies, such as those by Professor John Lott, have demonstrated.  Generally, guns save lives.”

Snyder said, “Bishops who say they support a right to life and then turn around and support unreasonable restrictions on guns used to protect life render themselves subject to charges of rank hypocrisy.  They risk causing suspicion about the church they supposedly serve and undermine evangelization efforts.  They risk being characterized as ‘useful idiots’ for serving the agenda of the enemies of freedom, right to life and right to defend life.

“That is the epitome of stupidity.”

Gun-Grabbing and Abortion Two Sides of Culture of Death Coin

“Gun control and abortion are two sides of the same coin, the culture of death coin,” says John M. Snyder.

“Gun control proponents say they want to make life safer than it is, but their proposals will not bring about a reduction in murder and other violent crime,” Snyder notes.

“Significant studies do not show that gun control is an effective crime control measure.  Studies by scholars like John Lott and Gary Kleck show that guns are used to thwart crime more often than they are used to commit crime.  They show also that public policies facilitating firearms acquisition and carrying by law-aiding citizens corresponds with reductions in rates of murder and other violent crime.”

“What gun control really does is undermine the ability of people who obey the law to get the guns they want to fight for their own lives and the lives of their families and other loved ones against violent private and public criminals,” Snyder asserts.

“In a similar way,” Snyder writes, “abortion promoters argue that killing unborn babies somehow will make life more agreeable for the public at large.  They argue abortion respects the rights of women even though in reality there is no such thing as a right to kill the innocent.  There is no such thing as a ‘right’ to commit murder.

“Abortionists may think and argue they’re protecting a right but in reality promote the murder of the most defenseless human beings.”

Snyder says, “Abortion and gun control promoters both maintain they’re protecting people but in reality are doing them in, by rendering them defenseless in the face of murderers through gun control and legalizing the murder of the defenseless through abortion.”

“The highest profile promoter of both gun control and abortion in the United States today is President Barack Obama.” Snyder maintains.  “In the White House itself, he flips the culture of death coin, gun control on one side and abortion on the other.  He surrounds himself with children as he argues for gun control even though his proposals cannot protect children from crazed murderers.  Then he castigates publicly right-to-lifers for working to eliminate the murder of unborn children.”

“Unfortunately,” said Snyder, “a number of clergymen, including high-ranking church officials, who ought to know better, apparently are ready to follow this Pied Piper over the gun control cliff.  It appears the devil has them by the throat and the fools don’t even know it.  May the Lord protect us all from wretched public and ecclesiastical officials.

“We two sides of another coin – the life rights and gun rights coin.”

USA Should Drive Gun Grabbers into Oblivion

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  “American gun owners should resolve to drive gun grabbers into social and political oblivion,” John M. Snyder said here today.

He said also that. “Gun owners and gun owner groups should develop, promote and implement an attack strategy against gun grabbing establishmentarians.”

“For over four decades,” he continued, “law-abiding gun owners and gun rights organizations have fought the enemies of freedom generally from a defensive position, reacting against anti-gun proposals as they are advanced.

“However, gun rights people and interests should go on the offensive.  It’s time to attack ideologically and practically the gun-grabbing establishment and its spokesmen and adherents with vim, vigor and absolute determination.”

Snyder said, “America’s 100 million owners of 300 million rifles, shotguns and handguns and national, state and local organizations of firearms organizations can launch a massive counterattack on the gun-grabbing forces of evil.

“The defeat of gun control in the Senate recently can be a springboard for this.”

Snyder estimated that, “Gun grabbers in the White House, politics, media, churches, schools and business spent thousands of hours and tens of millions of dollars on their nefarious plan.”

Snyder declared that. “The bad guys want to impose more restrictions on gun rights.”

“These forces of evil lie,” he stated.  “They lie that government restrictions on the civil rights of citizens will foster reductions in the murderous activities of criminals and crazies.

“The very opposite is true, as common sense as well as studies indicate.”

Snyder said that, “Gun owners and organizations of firearms owners should develop a strategic plan for the ultimate defeat of the gun grabbers and for their social and political destruction.  There are bright and dedicated men and women in various capacities and groups in the United States whose coalescence can contribute to the development of such a plan.

“We must drive the gun grabbers into social and political oblivion.”

Snyder has been named the “gun dean” by Human Events, the “dean of gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, a “champion of the right to self-defense” by The Washington Times, and the “senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News.

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. 

After freeing a young woman from would-be rapists, St. Gabriel Possenti confronted the onrushing brigands waving revolvers. At that moment, Possenti fired at a lizard that happened to be running across the road and dispatched it with one shot. Thus having demonstrated his excellent handgun marksmanship, he was able to take command of the situation and ran the now-frightened brigands out of town.

St. Gabriel Possenti performed this feat of courage without causing physical harm to a single human being.

St. Gabriel Possenti died in 1862.  He was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

The St. Gabriel Possenti Society seeks official Vatican designation of St. Gabriel Possenti as Patron of Handgunners.

Snyder noted that certain individuals dispute the historicity of the shooting and rescue incident.  He stated that, “in response to lizard incident challenges, let me point out that Rev. Godfrey Poage, C.P., who wrote about the incident was a Passionist, the same religious order as St. Gabriel Possenti.”

Snyder further noted that, “Fr. Poage was the author of ‘Son of the Passion, The Story of Gabriel Francis Possenti.’ It was published in 1962 by the Bruce Publishing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and republished in 1977 by the Daughters of St. Paul. The book carried the nihil obstat of Frederick Sucher, C.P., S.T.D., Censor for the Congregation of the Passion, the imprimi potest of Walter Kaelin, C.P, Provincial of the Holy Cross Province (of the Passionists), dated February 27, 1962, the nihil obstat of John F. Murphy, S.T.D., Censor librorum, and the imprimatur of Most Reverend William E. Cousins, Archbishop of Milwaukee, dated April 13, 1962.

“The account of the lizard incident, Chapter 7, ‘The Savior of Isola,’ is one of the book’s eight chapters.  In the book’s introduction, Fr. Poage explained that, ‘nothing was said that had not been quoted by eyewitnesses, at least in the third person.’”

“When challenged re the accuracy of his report of the lizard incident, Rev. Poage stood by its historicity,” Snyder stated.  “Father Poage said that challenges to the accuracy of his writing came from people who didn’t have any evidence to the contrary. Father Poage said this to Mark Pattison of the Catholic News Service on February 10, 1992.  The CNS report appeared in The Catholic Sun of Phoenix, Arizona on February 20, 1992.  Pattison reported that, ‘Fr. Poage said the episode was witnessed by a ‘lay helper’ at the monastery.  The documentation was uncovered during his research in Italy in 1947-48.’

“Fr. Poage, who had been a peritus at the Second Vatican Council, died June 25, 2001.  The Passionist Family Circle Newsletter, in its Fall/Winter 2001 issue, stated that he was ‘a man of extraordinary talents and great kindness’ and ‘a trusted servant of God.’”

Snyder stated that, “The Poage account of the lizard incident remained non-controversial for over a quarter of a century. It wasn’t until I began promoting St. Gabriel Possenti as a Patron of Handgunners in the late 1980s that anti-gun bigots began a belated attempt to attack the account of the lizard incident.  It seems they are more concerned with being politically correct than historically accurate.”

Massive Civil Disobedience May Follow Washington Crapola

“The introduction in Congress this week of anti-gun owner bills surely will be met with deep and hard opposition by America’s scores of millions of law-abiding gun owners,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

“In fact,” he added, “the anti-gun hysteria and other crapola coming out of Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience throughout the United States.”

He noted that, “President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (R-NY), Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) and other political hacks are conspiring to take away American gun rights.”

He said that, “Political gun-grabbers are using the taxpayer-funded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to do their dirty work.

“According to confidential information, the Obama administration may order ATF to classify certain firearm models owned by millions of citizens as Title 2 guns under the Gun Control Act.  People then could obtain them only with great difficulty.”

Snyder said that, “Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others seem hell-bent on undermining Americans’ gun rights.  A recent Gallup survey must have left them beside themselves with frustration.  Taken as anti-gun elitist establishment haranguing was at its height, the poll showed that more people opposed than supported a ban on semiautomatic firearms.  This could lead the firearm-owner hating crowd to feel that only anti-gun executive action can get them anywhere near their goal.  They’re out of touch.

“Also according to confidential information, Feinstein has been colluding with Obama administration ATF officials on her gun-grabbing legislative scheme.  They want to take semi-autos away from the people.  Her proposed legislation would do just that.

Snyder said, “It is time for the House of Representatives to slash the ATF budget or eliminate the agency.”

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Obama May Skirt Congress to Ban Semiautomatic Firearms

“An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis,” John M. Snyder said today.

“According to confidential information,” he continued, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners.”

“The Obama gang probably realizes it would have a possibly insurmountable difficulty getting a semi auto ban, such as that considered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others, through Congress,” Snyder noted.  “Congressional Second Amendment supporters already are preparing for such a battle. During the Clinton years, Congress enacted a partial, temporary semiauto ban but allowed it to sunset after 10 years because of its lack of significant negative impact on crime.  The Obama administration now may order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to take the classification step.  Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 items during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move. 

“For several years, various groups and individuals have discussed the anti-gun owner proclivities of the administration.  Obama anti-gun owner activities have involved the promulgation of anti-gun federal regulations, the appointment of anti-gun judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and the appointment of anti-gun personnel to other high federal positions, including the attorney generalship of the United States.”

“It’s been under this attorney generalship that the infamous Fast and Furious federal gun running scandal involving ATF has occurred,” Snyder stated.  “The administration may feel that a replacement in that office could facilitate a ratcheting-up of its anti-gun activities with announcement and inauguration of the proposed semiautomatic classification/ban.

“Such a move surely would galvanize the law-abiding grass roots gun-owning American public into opposition as it never has before.  At the very least, it would lead to an action in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund if not eliminate entirely the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  To what it would lead at the very most is anyone’s guess.”

Romney Over Obama on Economy, Religious Rights, and Gun Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The first presidential debate revealed that Mitt Romney has it all over President Obama,” John M. Snyder said here today.

Snyder said also that, “There are at least three particular issue areas in which the two candidates’ positions could be explored.  We could call these issue areas the Three Gs – Guns, God and Gold.”

Snyder said that, “On the matter of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms, the first G, the candidates hardly could be more different.  Obama falls on the anti-gun side of the ledger, whereas Romney and the Republican Party are just the opposite.  As the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts has noted in its literature, Romney as governor of the Bay State worked hand in glove with the organization to improve the legal position of firearms owners.”

With regard to the second G, God, religion and religious rights, “The Obama administration is a cultural catastrophe,” said Snyder.  “It has used state power in an attempt to force American citizens to act against their religious conscience to pay for abortion and other objectionable practices.  The Catholic Church has inaugurated a Fortnight for Freedom and a novena to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary to petition heaven to protect people from these tyrannical government initiatives.”

“On the third G, Gold,” said Snyder, “Romney has demonstrated throughout his life that he understands economic matters and knows how to work through them for his own benefit and that of others.  On the other hand, Obama hasn’t got a clue.  His mismanagement of the economy could bring the country to the brink of ruin.  It’s time for American voters to dismiss Obama and hire Romney as the country’s CEO.  We need a guy who knows what he’s doing.

“It’s time for America to rock and roll with Romney and Ryan.”

Magnum Martinez, Gun Rights, Attorney General, and Supreme Court

“Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico has become a true heroine of America’s Second Amendment community,” says John M. Snyder.

“Gov. Martinez could replace Eric Holder as Attorney General if Romney and Ryan defeat Obama and Biden in the presidential election,” Snyder notes.  “An attorney, Martinez would be welcome future appointee to the Supreme Court as a counterweight to Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor.

“Such developments would be welcomed without question by the Second Amendment community.”

“When Gov. Martinez declared during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida that she carried a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum handgun as a young woman protecting Catholic Church property, she showed she knows what gun rights are all about,” Snyder said.

As an 18-year-old, Martinez worked for her parents’ security firm.  She carried the gun her father gave her while guarding the parking lot at the Catholic Church bingos.

Snyder said that, “Holder and Obama don’t care at all about American gun rights, and even oppose them.  They’re clueless on the issue.  They want to reinstitute a failed ban on semiautomatic firearms.  They show no sincere desire to accept responsibility for the Fast and Furious federal government gun scandal, or to rectify it.

“Obama’s first appointee to the Supreme Court, Sonya Sotomayor, doesn’t give a whit about gun rights, or appreciate the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms for defense of life and property.  Her opposition to the pro-gun decision of the Court in the McDonald v. Chicago case demonstrates this.”

“It’s time for a change in Washington, DC.” said Snyder.  “It’s time for American voters to rock and roll with Romney and Ryan.”

Pew Poll Shows Media Powerless to Sway Public Opinion on Gun Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “A recent Pew poll shows the media is powerless to sway public opinion on gun control and the right to keep and bear arms,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

“That’s the really big news revealed by the Pew Research Center survey,” Snyder added.

He said that, “With all of the media hype following the Aurora, Colorado mass killing, you’d think the public would be clamoring for more and more gun control.  That, however, is not the case.  The Pew poll shows this.

“It shows that, in April, 45 percent of the poll respondents favored more control on gun ownership and that, a few days ago, 47 percent did.  It showed also that, in April, 49 percent favored protections on the right to own guns and that, a few days ago, 46 percent did.”

Snyder pointed out that, “Pew surveys over the last 20 years demonstrate that public opinion on the gun issue definitely is shifting away from government control of firearms ownership in favor of more freedom for firearms owners.  In December, 1993, only 34 percent wanted to protect the right to own guns and 57 percent wanted to control gun ownership.  Now, 46 percent want to protect the right to own guns and 47 percent want to control gun ownership.

“The shift is against the mainstream media’s anti-gun position and towards the freedom-loving Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.  Public officials and citizens who want to become public officials should take note.  The Second Amendment community is on the move.”