St. Gabriel Possenti

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The Patron Saint of Marksmen

 

Traditional Anti-gun rhetoric in the Philippines has centered on arguments of faith. Specifically, those who argue against individual gun ownership, assert that gun ownership is purportedly not in accord with the Christian faith. In so doing, the anti-gunners seek to label gun owners as anti-Christian or not possessing the values of true Christians.

To refute such flawed arguments, we cite the case of St. Gabriel Possenti who is the Catholic Church's patron Saint of all marksmen (quoted from Saint Gabriel Possenti Society at www.gunsaint.com).

In 1860, a band of soldiers from the army of Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants.

Possenti, with his seminary rector's permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.

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