Snyder also countered attacks on the accuracy of the account of the heroic handgun use
“On February 27, we commemorate the feast day of St. Gabriel Possenti,” noted Snyder, chairman of the international St. Gabriel Possenti Society (www.GunSaint.com)
“This year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of the interdenominational Society,” Snyder added
“The life of St. Gabriel Possenti shows clearly that a person of goodness, even holiness, can use firearms to promote peace and justice,” Snyder commented. “Sometimes people need guns to defend truth and freedom. St. Gabriel Possenti, pray for us.”
In 1860, St. Gabriel Possenti rescued the villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a marauding gang of about 20 renegade soldiers with an outstanding display of handgun marksmanship.
St. Gabriel Possenti freed a young woman from would-be rapists by taking the rapists’ revolvers. He then confronted the onrushing brigands, pointing the revolvers at them. Possenti fired at a lizard that happened to be running across the road. He killed it with one shot. Having demonstrated his excellent handgun marksmanship, St. Gabriel Possenti took command of the situation and ran the now-frightened brigands out of town
St. Gabriel Possenti performed this feat of courage without causing physical harm to a single human being
St. Gabriel Possenti died in 1862. He was known for his devotion to Christ and His Blessed Mother. Pope Benedict XV canonized him in 1920