By John Michael Snyder
In 1860, St. Gabriel Possenti rescued the villagers of Isola,Italy from a gang of terrorists with a striking, one-shot, lizard-slaying demonstration of handgun marksmanship.
St. Gabriel Possenti died two years later. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized him in Rome.
John M. Snyder, former Jesuit seminarian and gun rights activist, tells the story of that question with simplicity, detail, and persistence, beginning with the tale of the Passionist Patron Saint of Youth, who saved an 1860 Italian town from marauding rapists and thieves.
This volume relates the story of St. Gabriel Possenti and of the author’s campaign to make him and his life known to the general public. The author seeks the Saint’s official Vatican designation as Patron of Handgunners. The book tells of support for and opposition to the designation.