Open Letter to a Killer
October 26, 1998
Featured Rightgrrl November 1998
Hey, you with the gun... yes, you who shot the abortionist through his window, killing him in front of his wife and four children.
What do you think you are doing? I know exactly what you did, according to the news. That's way too obvious. My question may better be phrased any number of ways: What is your justification? What do you think you will accomplish? Who do you think you will really benefit by your actions?
- Don't try to justify your actions by appealing to God. He won't be standing up for you.
Scripturally, you have nothing to protect yourself. Your actions are sin, and we all know who is behind that kind of activity.
- The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill", and do you know it applies to abortionists as well as children? Surprise.
- The Bible also says to obey those who have the rule over you, and submit yourselves. You as a citizen have no right to aim that gun and take another's life, no matter how condemnable you perceive their actions to be. We are free to make changes through ballot boxes, peaceful protests, and offering of alternatives. Why do you have to break the law?
- The Bible also says "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the LORD." It's not your job to deliver any retibution for another's sin. If it were, the family of the one you killed would have every right to aim guns at you for taking away their husband and father.
- Don't try to tell me you are saving lives. You may have stopped abortions in one area temporarily. Unfortunately, every time one of your ilk kills, a number of things occur:
You may think you've stopped some abortions now, but your actions will permit more to happen in the long run.
- You give the ones you claim to despise the most a new martyr. You feed their cause with their own blood. You reinforce their false convictions.
- You push more of the undecided into their camp.
- You cause shame for those who believe in life and choose to defend it through more biblical and rational means. You draw attention away from people who are really helping women and children have real choices besides abortion.
- You cause failure of even small legal and political measures that could have protected women because people don't want to cast votes that would link them with violence.
- Who do you think your action will benefit?
The only ones who truly gain from your decisions are those with an interest in keeping abortion legal. They use your bullets as ammunition for their own cause. They use your lack of concern about the wife and children of your target as a false "proof" that the rest of us don't care about women and children. They link the work of saving lives with your senseless violence, and thereby draw away the votes needed to pass the laws that could have saved lives.
- Surely not the mothers who need help the most. While they may not get to abort where you are, they can go elsewhere. You frighten the mothers away from the only people who can give real help to them and their children.
- Surely your actions do not help those who wish to serve those in need. You link these kind servants to your violence and frighten away the mothers they were meant to serve. You smear their generosity with the stain of your murderous actions.
- Surely your actions do not help the right-to-life movement. I don't care what you see on the news. You are not one of us. The media may give you and your cohorts all of the airtime, but I can assure you that all mainstream groups that truly support life condemn you. You may not see it on the news, but we do. You do not have our support, and you do us no favors.
As I said before, what do you think you are doing? Whatever it is, I'll tell you what you are really doing. You are playing right into the hands of the people you say you are against, and you are destroying the lives of people on both sides of the issue in the process. You are working against women and children. You are, in your own sick way, preserving the status quo rather than making any positive change.
Put away your gun. You're only making the problem worse.