Personhood Ohio auctioning assault rifles to fund anti-abortion effort

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:51 EDT
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Personhood Ohio Director Patrick Johnston
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The founder of Personhood Ohio says that God “willed the apostles to sacrifice their lives” so he has decided to auction of his personal assault rifles and over 2,500 rounds of ammunition to raise funds for banning abortion.

“What do you do when you have a Personhood mailing to 20,000 pro-life Ohioans that costs $5,500 and only have $2,900 in your Personhood account?” Personhood Ohio Director Patrick Johnston wrote in a fundraising email on Sunday. “I’m selling some of my favorite things – some powerful rifles and ammo.”

He added: “I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn. See, if God’s against you, your guns won’t help you at all. The shedding of innocent blood will bring God’s wrath on the land – and then you can wave freedom goodbye. So protecting Ohio’s children is more important than securing your right to keep and bear arms.”

Johnston is selling two assault rifles, a Mak 90 semi-automatic and a Chinese SKS. The Mak 90 includes a 30-round magazine and a 100-round magazine. The SKS has “five high capacity magazines,” a bipod, a muzzle break to reduce recoil and fiberglass stock. Both rifles are capable of using the same type of ammunition utilized by the popular AK-47 assault rifle, according to the blog Plunderbund.

A .280 Remington and a .243 Winchester — both with a scopes — were also being offered in the auction. Over 2,500 rounds of ammunition were available in three boxes with 850 rounds each.

“Do you think that the God who demanded animal sacrifice from worshipers, that insisted Abraham sacrifice his son, and willed the apostles to sacrifice their lives, now requires no sacrifice from us?” Johnston asked. “Sacrifice brings His blessing, His anointing. It’s worth it!”

Personhood Ohio attempted last year to get a get a constitutional amendment banning abortion on the state’s ballot, but the group collected only 30,000 of the 385,000 necessary signatures.

[Photo: YouTube/Patrick Johnston]

(h/t: Think Progress)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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