Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pro-Life Activist Shot; Mainstream Media Notices

I’m surprised this story is being covered by the mainstream media.

OWOSSO, Mich. -- A Michigan prosecutor said a man has been charged in the shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and a business owner and that he planned to kill a third man.

Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry said Harlan James Drake is accused of shooting 63-year-old James Pouillon and 61-year-old Mike Fuoss Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Pouillon was protesting at 7:20 a.m. outside Owosso High School, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, when he was gunned down in front of horrified students and parents.

Pouillon is a well-known anti-abortion activist who has traveled across the state, carrying signs to support his cause, according to Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau.

Judy Climer, president of Flint Right to Life, described Pouillon to the Flint Journal as "just a nice, elderly gentleman who was disabled, used an oxygen tank and wore leg braces."

Pouillon was not a member of the organization.

Pouillon was involved in a pro-life free speech case several years ago after he was arrested for standing on city hall steps.

He won the case after an appeals court judge said city hall was a public place and Pouillon was within his First Amendment right to protest abortion there.

Pouillon was awarded a dollar.

One parent who did not want her name to be released said, "He has never really bothered nobody."

Pouillon staged abortion protests almost every day for more than ten years.

The Missionaries to the Preborn sent out a release describing Pouillon as a "selfless, soft-spoken, kind-hearted man."

Investigators said that Drake had a grudges against all three men, though not necessarily for the same reason.

The full motives have not been released but in regards to Pouillon, Colbry did say that, “the defendant was offended by the manner of Mr. Pouillion’s message.”

When it comes to violence in the abortion debate, the mainstream media usually focuses on the violence committed by the pro-life side such as abortionist shootings and clinic bombings, aiding the false impression that only the pro-life side engages in violence. The mainstream media usually ignores the violence committed by the pro-choice side, which is usually covered by independent sources such as LifeSiteNews.

This is the first instance I can think of where the mainstream media has covered violence committed against the pro-life community rather than by it. Yet the mainstream media probably won’t give this story the same attention it gave to the shooting of Dr. George Tiller, and considering the overall liberal bias of the mainstream media, I don’t expect it to.

On the other hand, LifeSiteNews has additional coverage of this story:

Suspect Charged with First-Degree Premeditated Murder of Michigan Pro-Lifer

Well-Known Local Pro-Life Activist Gunned Down in Michigan

Pro-Life Leaders Lament the Violent Death of a Friend and Ally - Jim Pouillon

Pro-Abortion Groups Silent in Wake of Pro-Life Activist's Slaying