06/19/2013 03:25 pm ET

Patrick Johnston, Leader of Personhood Ohio, Selling Off Guns To Raise Money


Patrick Johnston, the leader of the anti-abortion rights group Personhood Ohio, sent an email this past weekend seeking to sell his assault rifles in hopes of raising money, RH Reality Check reported Tuesday.

"I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn," Johnston wrote in the email, according to the reproductive rights-focused website. "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's appeal asked supporters to purchase three rifles and and 2,550 rounds of ammunition. According to the liberal Ohio politics website Plunderbund, he is selling two Chinese SKS-model guns and one MAK-90 -- all of which take the same ammunition used in AK-47 assault rifles.

The group wants a ballot initiative to redefine a fertilized egg as a person.

Johnston has a history of fringe views. He has said that "homosexuality kills" and wrote an article on his personal website last year advocating for secession.

"Secession was justified in 1973, when the U.S. government violated 'the contract' as well as God's law in legalizing abortion in all fifty states by immoral, unconstitutional judicial fiat," Johnson said in the article, referring to Roe v. Wade. "If secession isn't justified to stop 25 thousand innocent babies from being butchered every year in Ohio, for example, it wouldn't be justified for any reason."



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