Society Declares Supreme Court Second Amendment Decision a
Secular and Religious Blockbuster for Right of Self-Defense
ARLINGTON, VA, July 8 - "Last month's
historic Supreme Court gun rights decision is a blockbuster
development for the right of individual self-defense in religious
as well as secular spheres of interest," John M. Snyder,
Founder-Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc.
declared here today.
"All of the Justices who voted in the
5-4 majority for individual gun rights are Catholic,"
Snyder noted. "In the United States, institutional Catholic
Church leaders have been on the wrong side of the right to
arms for self-defense issue. The Social Development and World
Peace Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops supports prohibition of the importation, manufacture,
sale, possession and use of handguns. Individual clergy, including
bishops, also have gone off the deep end on this issue. Let
them listen to the solid gun rights majority of Catholic Supreme
Court Justices. Let them consider that the right to life does
not end with birth but continues throughout natural life and
includes the right to self-defense and the right to arms for
In the case of District of Columbia v. Heller,
the Court ruled 5-4 June 26 that the Second Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to keep and
bear arms. "This repudiates the contention that the Amendment
refers merely to a so-called 'collective right,'" Snyder
said. "The Court nullified a ban on the possession of
an operable handgun in one's home. The individual right to
keep and bear arms includes the individual right to keep and
bear handguns. It's a definitive statement in favor of the
right to use handguns for self-defense."
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the
majority opinion. Joining him were Chief Justice John Roberts
and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence
The international, interdenominational Society
honors St. Gabriel Possenti, a seminarian who used handguns
in 1860 to rescue villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy
from a gang of terrorizing marauders. Possenti died two years
later. Pope Benedict XV canonized him in 1920. The Society
advocates Possenti's Vatican designation as Patron of Handgunners.
It emphasizes historical, philosophical and theological aspects
of legitimate self-defense.