Owosso, MI (LifeNews.com) — Local officials and state police are confirming that a pro-life advocate was shot and killed outside a high school in this Michigan town. The person, who is described as well-known but whose identity has not been released, was shot multiple times while protesting abortion outside Owosso High School.
LifeNews.com has learned that the pro-life advocate is James Pouillon and the local Argus Press newspaper in Owosso has confirmed that to be the case. He was reportedly shot multiple times.
In the spot where the Pouillon stood, a portable oxygen tank lay next to a sign with a picture of an unborn child and the word “Life.”
Officials say the shooting occurred at 7:30 a.m. local time and most students were inside the school building at the time of the incident. The shooting did not take place on school property but officials locked down the school and taped off most of the front portions of the school grounds.
State police have confirmed they apprehended a suspect about 8:15 a.m. at the suspect’s home in this small community northeast of Lansing.
Sara Edwards, the chief assistant prosecutor for Shiawassee County, has confirmed that Pouillon’s pro-life stance was the reason he was targeted and said the suspect officials have in custody disapproved of his abortion protests outside the schools.
“There was some displeasure with how open he was,” she said. “He tended to carry big signs with very graphic pictures of fetuses.[reference]
This is a sad story as in the case of every murder. No doubt as pro-lifers we will be looking at the disparity of coverage in this murder compared to the murder of abortionist George Tiller. Also no doubt many other parallels will be mentioned. Hopefully though pro-lifers will not blame this on anybody else but the shooter himself. No talk about pro-abortion advocates creating a climate that lead to this murder is appropriate. This is a tactic of the pro-aborts to use a situation to their advantage. I think we should see this as a sad case likely done by someone just as disturbed as the very small numbers of people who shot abortion doctors.
It is of course fact that violence around abortion clinics is overwhelmingly done by pro-abortion advocates even if these circumstance rarely if ever get covered. The culture of death has lead to a cheapening of all life, but it surely does not mean that pro-abortion activists will become murderers. We must not demonize our foes even as they demonize the pro-life movement.
That being said I wonder if the President will make a statement like he made in regards to George Tiller’s murder. Within short hours of that murder pretty much every pro-life group condemned it. So far abortion advocacy groups are imitating fields of crickets.
Though some liberals are very upset about this. How could the murderer dare to violate the sacrosanct “gun free zone” around a school.
In the meantime we can pray for Mr. Pouillon and his family along with his murderer.