Larry Flynt on Shooter: “I Don’t Want to Kill Him”

By: Erika Watts - October 18, 2013

While some people would want nothing more than to see the person who made an attempt on their life die, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt feels quite differently.

Flynt has spoken out about the pending death of the man who shot and paralyzed him from the waist down in 1978. Flynt wrote about the assassination attempt and his shooter’s upcoming lethal injection in a guest column, and it is quite clear that Flynt does not want the shooter, Joseph Paul Franklin, to die.

While Flynt speaks out against the death penalty, he does say that he would like an hour by himself with Franklin. Read part of Larry Flynt’s column from The Hollywood Reporter:

In all the years since the shooting, I have never come face-to-face with Franklin. I would love an hour in a room with him and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die.

As far as the severity of punishment is concerned, to me, a life spent in a 3-by-6-foot cell is far harsher than the quick release of a lethal injection. And costs to the taxpayer? Execution has been proven to be far more expensive for the state than a conviction of life without parole, due to the long and complex judicial process required for capital cases.

Joseph Paul Franklin, whose death sentence is scheduled to be carried out on November 20 at Potosi Correctional Center in Missouri, admitted to shooting Flynt after being arrested for other crimes. The attempt on Flynt’s life was hardly the only violent crime Franklin has confessed to committing.

Franklin has been convicted of six murders, but confessed to eight, and the Mobile, Alabama man is suspected to be involved in up to 20 murders. Franklin went on a murder spree from 1976 to 1980 (the year he was arrested) in an effort to “cleanse the world” of people he considered inferior. Franklin was involved in a number of hate crimes, including shooting civil rights activist Vernon Jordan and fire-bombing multiple synagogues.

After Franklin was arrested, he told investigators of plans he had to try to kill President Jimmy Carter and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, plus he admitted to trying to kill Flynt and others. The reason Franklin gave for trying to kill Flynt was because his magazine displayed images of interracial sex.

After Larry Flynt’s column was published, he also posted his thoughts concerning Franklin’s upcoming death on Twitter.

[Image via Twitter]

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Erika WattsErika Watts is a former teacher, now stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for WebProNews. When she isn’t busy navigating parenthood and writing, she enjoys watching college sports and reading. Follow Erika on Twitter @erikawatts83, Pinterest or

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  • larry

    So Flynt would rather spend “an hour in a room with [Franklin] and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me.” acting out in this savage and illegal way than to see Franklin executed. He wants his pound of flesh but would deny the 20 or more other families whose loved ones were murdered by Franklin their right for a legal eye for an eye process.

  • Well

    All the revenge in the world does not change things. Haven’t we learned that yet? Just look at our society. We are constantly seeking revenge — even for the most minor of things — and our society never gets better. It is constantly getting worse.

    We have a guy spending a life sentence in prison for stealing a $4 pair of tube socks. That is how crazy and vengeful our society is. Everyone wants mercy extended to then, but everyone doesn’t want to give mercy.

    There is a reason why Christ forgave and showed mercy. There is a reason why he said vengeance is his. When man seeks vengeance or revenge, it just keeps the cycle of violence going and often, in a quest for vengeance, a person hurts many other people and that too perpetuates the cycle. I personally know people that have been hurt be in an effort to seek vengeance, the hurt person cause hurt to 20 other people who had nothing to do with the original incident. That is why vigilante justice never works — often the vigilantes cause more damage than the people the are going after.

    You can’t change the past. That is impossible. Forgive and seek peace. Christ was not dumb or naive. He was the smartest person ever to walk the face of this planet. We need to listen to him more. When he says we should forgive, we should forgive.