A man who drove to Madison, Wisconsin to kill an abortion doctor faces federal charges for intending to attack a Planned Parenthood office in Madison, Wisconsin and murder abortion providers. Ralph Lang, 63, was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday. According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court Lang said he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”
According to the complaint — which is laughably hosted under the headline “Criminal complaint alleging Ralph Lang intended to hurt abortion providers” — police were dispatched to a local Motel 6 because some yahoo (that’s an official legal term) accidentally shot a few bullets through his door. The yahoo — Lang — apparently thought it was a good idea to disclose to the officer that he had the gun because he planned “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.” His plan, he said, included both doctors and nurses; he hoped he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down.”
Good plan. Definitely a smart thing to disclose to a police officer.
Anyway, the officer arrested him (duh). But this is also a lesson in taking peoples’ words seriously, and in not passing laws that enable dangerous people to do harm. Lang drove a car covered in anti-abortion stickers, and had 21 anti-abortion letters to the editor published in the Marshfield News-Herald since 2004. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct outside of the same Planned Parenthood he planned to shoot up. And:
On the day Ralph Lang got arrested, a Wisconsin state Senate committee approved a bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons without permits or training. HuffPo reports that Planned Parenthood opposed the bill, and also that we’re just days away from the two-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita. And the states and federal government have continued chipping away at Roe v. Wade this week.