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.

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.”



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.”