Bethesda, MD –-(Ammoland.com)- Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) received a special St. Gabriel Possenti Society award from John M. Snyder, Society President, this week in Washington, D.C.
The Society named Sen. Johanns, a practicing Catholic, Man of the Year for his support of the right to self-defense.
On February 27, Snyder presented the plaque to Sen. Johanns during a ceremony on the 150th anniversary Feast Day of St. Gabriel Possenti. Snyder also presented Sen. Johanns with a boxed medallion featuring a profile of St. Gabriel Possenti custom designed for the Society in Rome, Italy.
Sen. Johanns' wife Stephanie accompanied her husband to the banquet.
Prior to the banquet, a group of St. Gabriel Possenti devotees attended Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral.
A former governor of the Cornhusker State and a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Johanns was elected to the U.S. Senate from Nebraska in 2008 and took office in 2009. He serves on five Senate committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; Indian Affairs; and Veterans' Affairs.
Snyder said, “Sen. Johanns exemplifies the principles held in such high regard by the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. The interdenominational, international Society emphasizes the historical, philosophical and theological bases for the right of self-defense.”
The Society's patron, St. Gabriel Possenti, a seminarian, rescued villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy in 1860 from renegade marauders. By shooting a lizard running across the road, he demonstrated his handgun marksmanship to the terrorists and marched them out of town. He did this without causing physical harm to a single human being.
St. Gabriel Possenti was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. The Society seeks his Vatican designation as Patron of Handgunners.GunRightsPolicies.org
John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
About John Snyder:
A former Jesuit seminarian, Snyder is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C., founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., a director of Council for America, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. He is also the author of the book Gun Saint. Visit: www.GunRightsPolicies.org