“Would head-bobbing Hillary short-circuit American civil rights if she is elected president in November?” gun dean John M. Snyder asked here today
“No question,” said Snyder. “Clinton opposes the civil right to keep and bear arms as well as the civil right to freedom of religion. Her election would be a tragedy for America.
“Citizens should see Clinton for what she really is, and vote her into political darkness this fall.”
“Clinton is a proponent of Australian-style gun confiscation, abortion on demand, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage,” Snyder continued. “Clinton would nominate Supreme Court justices who would upend the right to keep and bear arms in defense of life and force churches to oppose the right to life itself.”
Snyder noted Life News recently headlined Hillary Clinton would “make Christians change their religious views to support abortion.”
He noted further American Values Action released a video showing Clinton stating that: “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed,” “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” and “the only people that I would ever appoint to the Supreme Court are people who believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law.”
“On the other hand,” Snyder remarked, “presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, declared Trump would nominate to the Court justices who would overturn Roe.”
Snyder said, “Hillary supports semiautomatic gun registration, universal background checks on all firearms transfers, and subjection of firearms manufacturers and dealers to frivolous third party lawsuits.”
Clinton has cited Australia’s anti-gun policy as “a good example” of gun control. She said, “The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of semiautomatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of guns. Then, they basically clamped down, going forward.”
Snyder called attention to a recent National Rifle Association statement indicating “Hillary Clinton does not believe in the Second Amendment. She does not believe in the U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a fundamental, constitutional right to have a firearm in one’s own home for self-defense. What she does believe in is the gun confiscatory gun control policies of Australia, a regime that so demonized and abused gun owners that a territorial ‘public service announcement’ even mocked them with the specter of a prison sentence should they fail to comply.”
Snyder said, “A Clinton presidency would be catastrophic for civil rights, especially the right to freedom of religion and the right to keep and bear arms. American voters hopefully will reject her candidacy in November and elect the right to life Trump-Pence right to keep and bear arms ticket.”
A practicing Catholic, Snyder has been named “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, “a champion of the right of self-defense” by the Washington Times, the “gun dean” by Human Events, and “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News. The Trace recently designated him a power broker.
He holds AB and MA degrees in government from Georgetown University. He has been an NRA magazine editor and official of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation. He directs Telum Associates, LL.C, and serves on boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Council for America and American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens.
By John M. Snyder | January 18, 2016
In the lead-up to this year’s most important presidential election, there has been much discussion among conservatives about the Trump candidacy. One of the most significant questions about that candidacy is whether or not conservatives should support it.
Since that candidacy, if successful, promises to restore the middle class, the backbone of our country’s economic and political supremacy, it deserves conservative support. The Trump candidacy appeals to a wide range of middle class Americans who see in a Trump presidency hope for the future, their future.
As an example of this, just a few days ago, a group of workmen came over to our house to make some necessary repairs.
They spotted my Make America Great Again hat. They told me they all intended to vote for Donald Trump for president.
Their comment led to a general political discussion.
We agreed that the transfer of manufacturing jobs from the United States to other countries was destroying the American middle class, a genuine source and symbol of America’s greatness. We agreed further that Trump was the only presidential candidate who seemed to have an appreciation of this, a sincere determination to do something about it, and the capability of actually following through on this determination.
We noted, too, that policies acquiescing in mass illegal immigration were furthering the decline of America’s middle class.
One of the guys said American workers were being hit with a “double whammy.”
First, he said, the best jobs were being sent overseas and being lost to American workers. Second, illegal immigrants with their low wages were taking many of the remaining jobs.
This left American workers with zilch, or next to it.
Trump, with his Make America Great Again campaign, offers the only hope for the rescue of America’s middle class from further debilitation and eventual destruction. He offers the only political hope for its resurrection. That’s why his promise to be “the best jobs creator God ever created” resonates so forcefully with so many voters, as numerous public opinion polls indicate.
It also should explain why people who claim to be conservative ought to be supporting Trump. What could be more conservative than preserving or resurrecting our middle class, a genuine source and symbol of America, the real America?
People who say they are conservative and at the same time indicate an abhorrence of the Trump candidacy simply don’t get it.
If you are sincere in your professed desire to preserve American political values, you’ve got to favor and work for the preservation of America itself and for what has made America what it has been, and that includes a strong middle class. You’ve really got to favor Trump because he’s the only presidential candidate who sees it as it is and says it like it is.
Many average people see this. They give him their support, opinion polls show.
This simple explanation for Trump’s startling rise befuddles the establishment because its adherents don’t understand it. After all, members of the establishment have been benefiting from policies that undermine the American middle class.
Corporate executives and their supporters in the media and in Republican as well as Democratic political circles are riding the bandwagon that increases short term profits as it cuts into the middle class. The Trump campaign is cannon shot fired at that bandwagon. Conservatives should stop kidding themselves, get off that bandwagon, and load up with the Trump campaign to make America great again.
A few months before my chat with the domestic workmen, I chatted with a married woman friend, who is a mother and grandmother. She is a sales lady at one of the high-end department store chains. She told me flat-out she supports Trump because “he’s the only candidate who speaks language I can understand. He makes sense. He’s straight-talking. The others talk in a way that makes no sense to me.”
The experience of that particular woman highlights a real political phenomenon: Trump, a well-educated, sophisticatedNew Yorkreal estate billionaire connects with the average citizen in a way no other candidate does. A number of the public opinion surveys substantiate this. That, too, should be something conservatives consider. A higher class president identifying with interests of the lower middle class could be well-positioned to rejuvenateAmerica’s middle class.
Right around the time I was talking with the sales lady, a group of us were having dinner at a local restaurant. One of the guests, a young medical doctor with a wife and two children, saw my Make America Great Again hat as he walked into the dining room. He exclaimed, “I’m glad you’re for Donald Trump for president. He’s the only one who understands the country’s problems and can do what needs to be done.”
The young physician said he thought the medical system faced the possibility of becoming a shambles if current public medical policies are not reversed and steered in a different direction. He said he thought Trump was the only presidential candidate who both fully understands this and has the reservoir of personal strength to initiate and pursue necessary policy changes.
So there you have a young professional class voter who sees the country needs Trump as president to provide the public atmosphere, or milieu, necessary for the proper and successful functioning of professionals, another traditional mainstay of the American middle class. Conservatives, note and heed.
Early last year, 2015, discussions of this year’s presidential race were just getting off the ground. At that time, a woman who has been retired for 10 years after working as a major accounts executive with one of the Fortune 500 companies for 35 years expressed her opinion to me. She said “the country needs a businessman like Trump at the helm to lift the country out of its slide into economic and social chaos.”
The childless but remarried widow indicated that she as a little girl and her family immigrated legally to the United States because it was great. However, she said, “Over the last 25 years or soAmericahas been on a downward path. We need a businessman like Trump to turn things around and make America great again.”
The vast majority of business people probably would agree with her in their hearts
She gave me my Make America Great Again hat. I wear it every chance I get. Conservatives should do the same. Right now, America needs Trump. He alone seems to understand that the greatness of the middle class is a prerequisite for the greatness of America and is ready, willing and able to work for it.
John M. Snyder, called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, for 50 years has defended American gun rights as an NRA editor, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation, and founder/director of www.GunRightsPolicies.org. He is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C, founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. Author of the book Gun Saint, he received his AB and MA from Georgetown University. Mr. Snyder is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Analysis of current reports on domestic jihadist terrorism indicates Americans need firearms for self-defense now more than ever,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.
Snyder said, “Last month’s Terror Threat Snapshot by the majority staff of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives says the terror threat level in the United States is high and ‘getting steadily worse.’ It states there have been ‘more U.S. based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.’
“As the jihadist terror threat increases, so does the need for law-abiding American citizens to be able to acquire guns for the protection of one’s own life and the lives of loved ones and the community in general. Far from being simply a throwback to an earlier time in our history, the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms is an undeniable present necessity.”
According to CNSNews.com, the Terror Threat Snapshot “also reported that the Islamic State ‘is fueling the Islamist terror’ globally; that Islamist terrorists ‘are intent on killing law enforcement’ officers and U.S. troops, as well as civilians; and that 25,000 fighters from 100 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.
“In addition, more than 250 Americans have traveled, or attempted to travel to Syria to fight with the Islamists.”
The Terror Threat Snapshot reported, “There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.” In 2015 so far, it related there have been 30 U.S.-based jihadist cases. In 2001, after the September 11 attacks, there were only two U.S.-based jihadist cases uncovered that year.
The Terror Threat Snapshot for last month noted that, “In July alone, a terrorist murdered U.S. service members in Chattanooga, and authorities arrested extremists seeking to live-stream a terrorist attack on a college campus and planning to kill U.S. vacationers on the beaches of Florida.”
According to the Snapshot, “The number of U.S. terrorist cases involving homegrown violent jihadists has gone from 38 in July 2010 to 122 today – a three-fold increase in just five years.”
The Snapshot related that since early 2014, “there have been 55 planned or executed ISIS-linked terror plots against Western targets, including 14 inside the United States.”
Snyder said, “This news is bad, very bad. Worse are attempts by inane politicians, media personnel, entertainers and church officials to impose gun control generally on American citizens. Jihadists are out to get Americans. People need guns now more than ever.
“Jihad terrorism is increasing in the US. Individual citizens need guns for protection. Jihadists behead, rape and pillage. Armed Americans must be ready, willing and able to stop them anytime, anyplace.”
WASHINGTON, DC – “These trying times demand that traditionalist Americans develop, defend and promote a manifesto of freedom,” John M. Snyder stated here today.
Snyder said, “The basic tenets underpinning our culture are under assault. Some seem confused and defeatist by the assault. The crisis requires a counterattack on perpetrators of the assault. The counterattack demands resolution, a reaffirmation of commitment to traditionalist values of freedom, and a determination to fight and defeat the enemies of freedom.
“Let us fight for the right to life, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to be free from the abomination of same-sex marriage.”
Snyder said, “President Obama’s attempt to circumvent Congress in trampling on our rights and values by executive action is vile. We must resist Washington assaults on our freedom.”
Snyder said further, “Attempts by officials to promote gun control, mandatory abortion payments and same-sex marriage undermine the legitimacy of government itself. Let us fight to preserve traditional values.”
Snyder continued, “The United States must reverse its moral drift. With the help of Almighty God, let us take back America.
“Opponents of traditional values promote the murder of the innocent in abortion. They want the general acceptance of same-sex marriage. They work against the right to self-defense, the ability to protect life itself, through gun control.”
Snyder declared, “We of the Judaeo-Christian heritage who adhere to traditional moral and political values must unite in defense of those values.
“As American Christians, we affirm the right to practice our religion and the right to keep and bear arms. We believe abortion is murder and same-sex marriage is an abomination. We oppose gun control because it infringes our right to self-defense.
“We support the right to life, traditional marriage, and the Second Amendment,” Snyder affirmed. Let us renew our faith in God and fight for truth and justice.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “An Islamist’s beheading of an Oklahoma woman September 25 and his being stopped by a man with a gun shows that Americans need personal firearms to defend life from Islamist terrorists,” John M. Snyder said here today.
According to news reports, the suspect beheaded Colleen Hufford at a Moore, Oklahoma company, Vaughan Foods. The suspect then attacked another company employee but the company owner, Mark Vaughan, stopped the suspect by shooting and wounding him.
The suspect is a recent convert to Islam.
Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Vaughn, a reserve deputy sheriff, was “a hero in this situation.” Vaughan was carrying his own concealed firearm and acting as a private citizen at the time. The incident comes on the heels of Islamist beheadings of American journalists and others in the Middle East.
Snyder said that, “Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, has warned citizens repeatedly of the threat from extremist Islamist elements on the domestic scene. He even stated recently that, ‘We always have to be alert to them.’
“Given this situation, Americans should be ready to face these fanatics. You cannot expect police authorities to be first responders in every case. People must assume responsibility for their own security and that of their families. Americans must be able to use personal force to repel personal aggressors. THAT MEANS GUNS!”
Snyder said, “People who promote gun control over the civil right to self-defense of law-abiding citizens are doing a tremendous disservice to the people of our country. That includes politicians, media personalities, clergymen, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and billionaires like Mike Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and George Soros.”
Snyder noted that, “As Esther Tanquintic-Misa reported a few days ago in Politics & Policy, ‘the National Terrorism Center earlier estimated more than 100 Americans left the country to join either ISIS or the al-Nusra Front, which claims ties to Al Qaeda. Now, it is believed 40 of those have returned back home, probably just lurking in the background, awaiting instructions when to strike.’
“Make no mistake about it, our country is in peril. Americans need their guns for protection from this peril. The peril comes from radical Islamists, such as those from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State (IS). These Islamists behead Americans and others, as has been reported widely in recent weeks. Radical Islamists are here. They also can come to the United States through Mexico and other places.”
Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 10 that IS personnel have discussed infiltrating the United States through its border with Mexico. He said IS adherents across the globe have spoken about that as a possibility on Twitter and social media exchanges.
Snyder said, “Obama for the most part ignores or downplays these domestic threats. Government does not stop them. Homeland Security says it can’t.”
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security Committee chairman, said the government has only estimates of how many Americans are members of IS. He said there are “potentially thousands and we do not know who they are.”
Snyder said, “As the Oklahoma event indicates, people can stop terror attacks with firearms. That is language radical Islamists can understand. Americans need their guns to defend life and freedom.”
WASHINGTON, DC – “Our country is in peril,” John M. Snyder said here today.
”Americans need their firearms for protection from this peril,” he added.
“The peril comes from radical Islamists, such as those from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or simply the Islamic State (IS),” he added.
“These Islamists behead Americans and others, as has been reported widely in recent weeks,” he continued.
“Radical Islamists are here,” noted Snyder. “They also can come to the United States through Mexico and other places,” he said.
In West Orange, New Jersey on June 25, Brendan Tevlin was murdered in what New York radio station WPLJ host Todd Pettengill said this month “was in fact an act of jihad, perpetrated by a fellow American who sympathized more with those who want to annihilate us than with his own country and his people.”
In the Tevlin case, a perpetrator charged with the murder has confessed to it, “along with three others in Washington State, saying they were carried out as retribution for innocent lives lost in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Islamic world,” reported NJ.com.
Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 10 that IS personnel have discussed infiltrating the United States through its border with Mexico. He said IS adherents across the globe have spoken about that as a possibility on Twitter and social media exchanges, according to Newsmax.
Snyder said, “Obama ignores these threats in his speeches. Government does not stop them. Homeland Security says it can’t.”
Newsmax reported September 10, “Amid growing fears that Americans and Europeans trained by the Islamic State (ISIS) could enter the United States to stage terror attacks comes news that there isn’t much if anything Homeland Security can do to stop it.”
Jennifer Laskey, deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, told the House Committee on Homeland Security September 10 that, “We don’t have a fulsome picture in all cases.”
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), Committee Chairman, said the government has only estimates of how many Americans are members of IS. He said there are “potentially thousands and we do not know who they are.”
According to Newsmax, between 100 and 200 Americans “are believed to have trained with ISIS in Syria.”
Snyder said, “People can stop terror attacks with firearms. That is language radical Islamists can understand. Americans need their guns to defend life and freedom.
“Gun controllers be damned. They are enemies of American life and freedom.”
WASHINGTON, DC – “America should be ashamed of the Obama presidency,” John M. Snyder said here today.
Snyder’s remarks came a few days after Obama said at the White House America should be ashamed it had not enacted more gun control.
Snyder said, “Obama, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and their supporters try to argue for gun control as necessary for crime control, although studies indicate gun control does not have a positive impact on crime control.
“What they really want to do is undermine the right and ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and others from criminal violence.”
Snyder said gun control is just one of the areas in which the Obama government had manifested its absurdity.
“Take the matter of immigration,” he said. “The news is full of reports on the ridiculous nature of the situation regarding illegals.
“The government has requested contract escort services for illegals, for under-age illegals crossing the border.”
He noted this is “according to a recent news report on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“What this means is that U.S. government agents help illegal immigrants break U.S. laws.”
Snyder said, “This is just one of the latest examples of government absurdity.
“For years Obama, Pelosi and other government officials have been promoting abortion. This is the mass murder of those least able to defend themselves, the living unborn.”
“What this means,” he continued, “Is that government officials actually are facilitating the murder of the innocent.”
“In more recent years,” he noted, “government officials have been promoting same sex marriage.
“Obama, Pelosi and other government officials are promoting as socially normal what is an abomination in the eyes of God.”
Snyder said, “These all are clear examples of absurd government activity becoming normal for government officials. What this means is that government itself will lose its legitimacy, if it has not already.”