TITUSVILLE, FL – “Police officials now are showing support for law-abiding armed citizens,” John M. Snyder noted here today.

 “One indication of this is a recent report that Detroit Police Chief James Craig thinks arming more citizens is a way to fight crime,” Snyder said.

According to the Detroit News, Chief Craig said last week at a press conference that, “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this police department.”

Chief Craig stated that, “Good Americans with concealed pistol licenses translates into crime reduction,” reported Sandy Fitzgerald of Newsmax.

Snyder indicated the statements by Chief Craig followed by a few months a suggestion by Ron Noble of Interpol that an armed citizenry is a bulwark against terrorism.

Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of the international crime-fighting police group, spoke about the terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya last September.

“Ask yourself,” said Noble, “If that was Denver CO, if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly,” he said, referring to areas with pro-gun traditions.

“It makes police around the world question their views on gun control,” Noble continued.  “It makes citizens question their views on gun control.  You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?”

Snyder said the Craig and Noble statements comport with findings of the National Association of Chiefs of Police in NACOP’s annual opinion surveys of United States command officers.  According to the latest report on opinion of chiefs of police and sheriffs, 87% think any vetted citizen should be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense, 63% believe national recognition of state-issued concealed weapons permits would facilitate the crime fighting efforts of the professional law enforcement community, and 73% feel qualified, law-abiding armed citizens can help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
John M. Snyder

Obama is the Liar in Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Obama is the Liar in Chief,” John M. Snyder said here today.

“The designation Liar in Chief easily can be added to the list of Obama’s titles as president,” Snyder added.

“Practically the whole nation now realizes Obama lied to sell national government health care to the American people,” he said.

“However,” Snyder noted, “that’s just the latest indication of this president’s chronic mendacity.

“There’s also the gun lie. Obama said he’d honor the Second Amendment.  Then he pushed a restrictive gun control law.  The Senate shot him down.  Still, it seems Obama promotes some form of gun control, including thinly veiled gun rights denial, every chance he gets.”

Snyder noted that, “Obama said he would not require abortion.  Then he ordered abortion insurance coverage.  He did this with health care mandates.  This thoroughly upset people who regard defense of the right to life as a matter of conscience.

“On these three issues, health care, gun rights, and right to life, as well as on other issues, Obama has demonstrated that he is a public liar.”

“Obama is a deceitful rotten apple,” said Snyder.  “You can’t trust Obama.  You can’t trust government.”

Police and Gun Owners Can Unite Against Terrorists and Other Gangsters

WASHINGTON, DC – “Interpol’s chief recently drilled a hole in the anti-gun program,” John M. Snyder said here today.

“That came when Secretary General Ronald Noble suggested that open societies could be protected from terrorists by citizens defending themselves with guns.”

“For many years,” Snyder noted, “the anti-gun establishment has been putting forth the idea that gun control is necessary for public safety.  On October 21, in Cartegena, Columbia, though, Noble indicated that in an open society an armed citizenry can protect people from terrorist attacks.

“The General Assembly of Interpol, the international criminal police organization, held its 82nd annual gathering in Cartegena.  Noble’s comments came after the official opening of the session, according to news reports.”

Snyder said, “It’s time for law-abiding gun owners and rational police officials to unite for a safer world.”

Noble’s comments followed a deadly attack in September by al-Shabab, an Islamist group, at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.  The attack killed at least 67 civilians.

Noting that terrorism is an evolving problem, Noble said, “Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem.  One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that.  Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

Enclaves could include any places where people gather, such as malls, theaters, supermarkets, town squares, churches, etc.

“Ask yourself,” said Noble, “if that was Denver, Colorado, if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?  What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control.  You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’  This is something that has to be discussed.

“For me it’s a profound question.  People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc.  I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be?  In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?”

“The answer is obvious,” said Snyder.

Moran Letter on UN ATT a Good First Step

“In a letter released Thursday, October 10, 2013, blasting the Obama administration signing of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is absolutely correct,” says John M. Snyder, “but the underlying problem really is United States membership in the United Nations itself.”

Sen. Moran addressed the president in the letter.  He is inviting other U.S. Senators to join his as co-signers.

Sen. Moran noted, “The treaty was adopted by a procedure which violates a red line laid down by your own administration.  In October 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the U.S. supported the negotiations of the treaty only by ‘the rule of consensus decision-making.’  But in April 2013, after the treaty failed to achieve consensus, it was adopted by majority vote in the U.N. General Assembly.  We fear that this capitulation has done great damage to the diplomatic credibility of the United States.”

The Moran letter outlines four more reasons for condemning the Obama administration’s signing of the ATT and urges the president “to notify the treaty depository that the U.S. does not intend to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, and is therefore not bound by its obligations.  As members of the Senate, we pledge to oppose the ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do not regard the U.S. as bound to uphold its object and purpose.”

Snyder noted, though, that “since the UN ATT now has been signed, it could be ratified at any time by a future Senate.  It’s an ongoing, continuing threat to Americans’ gun rights.  To have hope of obviating this threat, we should work to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.”

Snyder noted also that, “The National Rifle Association was right on in blasting the Obama administration for signing the UN Arms Trade Treaty, as Secretary of State John Kerry recently did.  The real problem, though, the underlying problem, is American membership in the United Nations.

“This has been the opinion of many Americans since the founding of the UN.  This act by the Obama administration underscores part of the explanation for this reasoning.  It shows why we should dump the United Nations organization.”

Snyder said, “ATT undermines our national sovereignty and individual gun rights.  The treaty refers specifically to small arms.  This means the 300 million rifles, shotguns and handguns owned by 100 million Americans.

“Gun-grabbing interests for years have been pushing for ways to undermine the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms.  They generally have butted their heads against the brick wall of domestic American opposition to various anti-gun legislative schemes.  They even have seen Americans strengthen public policy in support of some pro-gun measures, like right to carry concealed firearms and stand your ground laws.”

“With this internationalist anti-gun approach,” continued Snyder, “the gun-grabbers may think they have found a way to undermine American freedom.  The ATT calls for arms transfer activity to be regulated domestically in accordance with international UN standards.

“Obama most likely cannot induce the Senate to ratify ATT.  More than a sufficient number of Senators to defeat ratification are on record opposing ratification.  However, anti-gun forces may think they can promote additional domestic gun controls because of some legal interpretations that activity commensurate with the objective of a treaty may and should be pursued pending ratification.”

Snyder warned that, “An Obama attempt to implement the treaty will draw down upon his administration the active opposition of millions of Americans.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated, “The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions.  Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be inconsistent with the United States Constitution, law, and practice.”

Snyder reiterated that, “The real problem is United States membership in the United Nations organization.”

Punish Anti-Gun Officials a la Colorado

“Anti-gun officials throughout the United States should be punished a la Colorado,” John M. Snyder said here today.

 “The recent recall elections in Colorado show that anti-gun officials can be punished,” he added, “and they should be.”

 Snyder said, “Officials who support legislation that will curtail or eliminate the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms ought to face severe punishment.

 “Such officials in effect work to undermine the right of decent people to get and use firearms to protect their own lives and the lives of others from thugs and criminals.”

 In the Colorado elections on September 10, voters dismissed two members of the Colorado State Senate, including the Senate President, because they had voted in the legislature for gun control. 

 NBC News stated that, “Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron were both defeated, the Denver Post reported, in the recall effort, which served as a referendum on their support in passing legislation requiring universal background checks on private gun sales and restricting large-capacity ammunition magazines.”

 Voters replaced Morse with Bernie Herpin and Giron with George Rivera.  Herpin and Rivera are gun rights supporters, according to reports.

 “The recall election result in Colorado is good news for Second Amendment supporters throughout the United States,” said Snyder.  “Let this good news serve as a clarion call for the punishment of gun control advocates throughout the country.  Let opponents of the right of self-defense and of the right to use force in self-defense realize that sooner or later they will face retribution from voters.”

 Snyder has been named the gun dean by Human Events, 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 and the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News.

Culture of Life vs Culture of Death

By John M. Snyder

We all are part of the human race.

Many of us are members of the Mystical Body of Our Living Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the God-given integrity, even sanctity of human life.

Today, most unfortunately, the world is in the throes of what Blessed John Paul termed the “culture of death.”  It denies explicitly the sanctity of human life.  It tolerates and even promotes the destruction of innocent life.

In the United States, there are several manifestations of this phenomenon.

One of course is the abortion movement.  This denies the right to life of the unborn.  No matter what the excuse or rationale, abortion is the unjustified taking of innocent life, murder.

Another manifestation of the anti-life phenomenon is euthanasia, the murder of the aged, infirm, sickly or incompetent.  Although many reasons or excuses may be given for euthanasia policies, the bottom line morally is still the same, murder.

A third aspect of the modern phenomenon is the movement to deny a right to defend life against an unjustified attempt to destroy life.  This includes a denial of the right to self-defense.  Like a chameleon, it can assume many forms such as public safety promotion, crime control, or gun control.  However, its bottom line also is always the same, the denial to innocent people of the right to use force to protect innocent life.

Many powerful government officials and media, entertainment and education personalities are spokespeople for the culture of death.  Hopefully, they will see the error of their ways.  Otherwise, we shall have to defeat them in the public arena.

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.