There were two weird and seemingly senseless murders in the Owosso area of Michigan early today.
One was an anti-abortion activist known around town as “The Abortion Sign Guy”, who was shot in front of a school (yes, that’s where they parade their idiotic signs these days, in front of schools), true name James Pouillon:
An anti-abortionist has been shot dead in front of horrified teenagers as they arrived for school.
The man, identified locally as Jim Pouillon, was shot and killed outside the Owosso High School in Owosso, Michigan, at about 7.30am local time today as schoolbuses dropped youngsters off for class.
The police have a suspect in custody and say the murders are related, but haven’t enlarged upon that. Although it remains to be seen if Pouillon’s killing had anything to do with his anti-choice activism, that’s not stopping the usual suspects from implying otherwise and even analogizing it to the murder of Dr. George Tiller:
In the wake of the tragedy, Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life told LifeSiteNews.com that he hoped to see “a strong expression of indignation from the pro-abortion community, just like there was a strong expression of indignation form the pro-life community at the killing of Dr. Tiller.”
Nice try, but thanks to an extremely public social networking platform, we got to see the real “indignation”.
Unless Mr. Pouillon was subjected to decades of harassment and was the target of an escalating and unrelenting pro-choice hate campaign that culminated in his summary execution, there’s no basis for analogy. And not that Father Douche would give a flying fuck, but it’s an insult to Dr.Tiller’s memory that his death, nothing less than a political assassination, would be compared to this tragic but sadly not atypical act of violence. But hey, might as well strike while the iron’s hot and the body’s still warm, eh?
Because that’s the real goal, isn’t it? To minimize one murder (not to mention the ongoing threats to abortion providers) by playing up another. They’ve been humping this one for months, with phony and fabricated “threat” claims (some so obviously false it’s ridiculous), and now they have a corpse to parade around.
Sorry fetus fetishists. It’s too bad that both of these guys were killed — and if Pouillon was targeted by some batshit crazy pro-choicer expressly because of his anti-choice activism, other pro-choicers will join me in *strongly denouncing* it. As much as I disagree with moronic fetus porn displays, I’ve been vocal in my support for the right to be a “moran” (to the chagrin of some of my readers, who are Anti-Moranitarian Extremists).
But that’s where it ends for me: I’m not playing the false equivalence game with the memory of a pro-choice hero.
UPDATE: According to the NYT, it appears that Pouillon may indeed have been targeted because of his anti-choice activism. (Link via Lindsay Beyerstein, via Pogge.) Primarily it seems to be because the shooter didn’t like Pouillon displaying graphic pictures in front of a school…? And shooting someone in front of a school is so much better?
Although I obviously denounce this brutality, I stand by my remarks about false equivalence. This was done by someone clearly unhinged who acted in complete solitude. It was not the culmination of a decades-long campaign of hate, harrassment and circular reinforcement of the same, directed against the victim. Out of respect for all the dead, people should avoid making such analogies.
UPDATE 2 (2:30pm): The shooter apparently had a third target that he never got to, a realtor. Three targets, motives totally unrelated. So this was not a politically-motivated crime — rather, some nutcase went off the deep and decided to go around shooting people who’ve pissed him off for various reasons.
My condolences go out to the loved ones of both victims, and particularly to Mrs. Fouss, who is going through treatment for brain cancer. Stay strong.
UPDATE 3 (2:47pm): JAB brings up an interesting point. I’ve read a lot on this story today, but I have yet to see anyone claim that Mr.Pouillon reaped what he sowed by being out there protesting: only that, agree or disagree, it was his right to do so. As it was Dr.Tiller’s right to perform a legal medical procedure.
So I suppose in that way there is an analogy to be made.