Gun Saint Society: Vatican Should Demand Arms for ISIS Victims

The terrorist group Isis has issued a deadline for Christians to convert, pay or face death.

Iraqi Christians
A displaced Iraqi Christian displays a tattoo of Christ on the Cross at Saint Joseph’s church. The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has warned the end for Christians in the country appears “very near”.
St. Gabriel Possenti Society
St. Gabriel Possenti Society

Titusville, FL – “Vatican officials should demand arms for victims of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” John M. Snyder, chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society (, said here today.

The Society, now in its 25th year, honors St. Gabriel Possenti, who used handguns in 1860 to rescue villagers from a gang of renegades.

“While prayer and fine wishes are commendable, they simply are not sufficient for Christians now facing jihad from ISIS,” Snyder stated. “They need guns for self-defense.”

Snyder noted, “Christ Our Lord Himself advised that ‘the man without a sword must sell his cloak and buy one,’ according to Luke 22:36. Indeed, St. James, Christ’s first martyred Apostle, in his Epistle 2:14-18, questioned the faith of those who talk a good line but don’t act in a practical manner to alleviate suffering.

“Perhaps the Vatican should sell some of its worldly treasure and buy guns for Catholics and others in the Middle Ease and elsewhere who need arms for self-defense. That would be real charity.”

During the current Islamist terrorist mass murder spree, “Iraqi Christians are longing for help from the civilized world,” Fox News reported last week.

“Where is the conscience of the world?” asked Yousif Habash, Iraqi-born bishop of the Syrian Catholic Church, Fox reported. “Where is the United Nations? Nobody has said a word.”

“Pacifism is a socio/political disease,” Snyder said. “People, especially officials who have it, in actuality invite evil forces to attack innocent men, women and children. If Vatican officials are afflicted with it, let us hope and pray they escape from this scourge and rush to the defense of co-religionists and others who suffer from murderous assaults.”

The St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. promotes recognition of St. Gabriel Possenti. After preventing the rape of a young woman, his outstanding demonstration of handgun marksmanship enabled him to protect residents of Isola del Gran Sasso from about 20 renegade soldiers. St. Gabriel Possenti died of natural causes in 1862.

Pope Benedict XV canonized Possenti in 1920. The St. Gabriel Possenti Society seeks official Vatican designation of Possenti as Patron of Handgunners. Snyder’s book, Gun Saint, ( )  published by Telum Associates, LL.C, is an account of St. Gabriel Possenti and the St. Gabriel Possenti Society.

The Society emphasizes the historical, philosophical and theological bases for the right of self-defense.
John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA

About John Snyder:
Named the Gun Dean by Human Events, “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News, a “champion of the right to self-defense” by The Washington Times, and “dean of gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, John M. Snyder has spent 45 years as a proponent of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms as a National Rifle Association editor, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation, and founder of

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: