Santa Claus points a handgun at a masked terrorist on a Christmas card that John Michael Snyder, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, sends this year to a number of recipients.
Named Dean of gun lobbyists by The Washington Post and The New York Times, Snyder includes the president and members of Congress as addressees.
The card wishes recipients a Christmas of peace and joy and a New Year of triumph over terrorism.
The card presents Santa guarding a group of small children from a bomb-harnessed suicide killer. The bomber appears ready to cast a stick of dynamite at an image of the Infant Jesus beneath a decorated Christmas tree.
Snyder thinks the original drawing conveys a definitive holiday message in keeping with these difficult times.
Terrorists are out to destroy personal freedom and undermine traditional values associated with Santa Claus and the Christmas Crche, he says.
Law-abiding American citizens by the scores of millions realize they need guns to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones from terrorists and violent criminals of various sorts, he continues.
Snyder observes that the number of privately owned firearms in the United States is higher than at any previous time and continues to increase. Based on the best available estimates and statistical analyses, there must be well over 215 million firearms in private hands in the United States, he says, and that number itself is on the upswing.
With a current population of about 294 million, and with a Gallup Poll indicating that 30 percent of Americans report they own at least one gun, Snyder notes, it appears that there are well over 80-85 million firearm owners in the United States.
Americans own more guns that there are votes for president every four years, he states, and more people own guns than vote every four years for the successful presidential candidate.