Man Arrested for Planning to Murder Abortion Providers; Was Caught When Gun Went Off in Motel Room

Well this is just horrible, and I'm so grateful that the headline yesterday wasn't "Abortion Provider Murdered in Madison, Wisc." as it so easily could have been.

A Marshfield man who drove to Madison to kill an abortion doctor faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday.

Ralph Lang, 63, told a Madison police officer at the Motel 6, 1754 Thierer Road, that he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.

[Emphasis mine.]

Jesus. Unsurprisingly, Lang has a history of spewing violent anti-abortion rhetoric. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Lang "was arrested in 2007 outside a Madison [Planned Parenthood] branch, telling officers that everyone in the building deserved to be executed and that police were failing in their jobs by not carrying out the executions." Two years after that arrest, Lang bought a .38 caliber gun so he could "help end abortion."

Indeed, Lang didn't plan to stop in Madison. The Journal:

Sgt. Bernie Gonzalez looked around Lang’s motel room and saw a box that contained several documents, including a map of the U.S. with dots in each state and the handwritten words “some abortion centers.”

Sadly, violence against abortion providers is nothing new, and it has not abated in recent years. If anything, the radical anti-choice views of many of our current lawmakers has spread the notion that abortion is murder, and that abortion providers should be killed. In fact, a few states have introduced bills this year that would make the murder of an abortion provider a "justifiable homicide." And we wonder where people like Lang get the idea that it's okay to bring a gun to Planned Parenthood and shoot away...

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at May 27, 2011, 4:16am

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