Hustler founder Larry Flynt doesn't want shooter executed

Media mogul Larry Flynt doesn't want to see his shooter executed next week. Fred Prouser /REUTERS

Media mogul Larry Flynt doesn't want to see his shooter executed next week. Fred Prouser /REUTERS

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

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Media mogul Larry Flynt doesn’t want to see his shooter executed next week.

"I would love an hour in a room with him... so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to... see him die,” Flynt wrote in the Hollywood Reporter.

Flynt, most known for founding Hustler Magazine, was shot by Joseph Paul Franklin outside of a Georgia courthouse in 1978. He’s been confined to a wheelchair ever since.

Flynt took to writing his piece in The Hollywood Reporter with his attempted assassin’s execution less than a month away.

"I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not,” Flynt wrote.

According to Flynt, Franklin was a racist individual who became enraged after seeing a photo of a black man and white woman together in an issue of Hustler.

“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,” Flynt wrote.

Flynt, like many Americans, is against capital punishment. In the Hollywood Reporter piece, Flynt argues that although capital punishment has been around for centuries, there is no humility, nor is there any humanity in the act.

“As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.”

Flynt added that he’s had many years to think on the subject, sitting in the wheelchair that Franklin put him in. In the end, this was the decision he came too and that he feels so strongly about.

Since the time of the event, Flynt has never come face to face with Franklin, nor does he plan too.


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