ARLINGTON, Va., June 22 /Christian Wire Service/ — As the Nation’s Roman Catholic bishops concluded their biannual meeting in Chicago this past weekend, a gathering of lay Catholic firearm rights enthusiasts celebrated Father’s Day with a shooting tournament in suburban Washington, D.C., John Michael Snyder, Founder/Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., noted here today.
Snyder joined John Aquilino and Chris Carroll, founders of the Catholic Sportsmen’s Organization (CSO), and over 50 competitors for the 6th Annual Father’s Day Classic Sporting Clays Tournament at the Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland for the CSO-sponsored event. All proceeds from the event are used to benefit local youth organizations.
The international St. Gabriel Possenti Society (www.gunsaint.com) is named for St. Gabriel Possenti, a seminarian who rescued villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a gang of terrorists in 1860 with a striking, one-shot, lizard-slaying demonstration of handgun marksmanship. Possenti died in 1862. Pope Benedict XV canonized him in 1920. Snyder seeks Possenti’s official Vatican designation as Patron of Handgunners. He is the author of a book, GUN SAINT, a biography of Possenti published by Telum Associates, LLC that details the history of the Gun Saint movement.
The interdenominational St. Gabriel Possenti Society underscores the historical, philosophical and theological bases for the doctrine of legitimate self-defense. [Source]