Patrick Johnston, founder of the anti-abortion group Personhood Ohio, sent out an email this past weekend encouraging recipients to help his cause by “buying an assault rifle” and “some high capacity magazines and a ton of ammo.”

He wasn’t suggesting they buy just any assault rifles, mind you, but assault rifles from Johnston’s personal collection including two Chinese SKS rifles and a MAK 90.  All three weapons use the same ammunition the AK 47 (7.62×39mm). Two of the rifles come with high capacity magazines and one includes a drum holding 100 rounds. He is also auctioning off 2550 rounds of ammo.

Because….  hey! nothing screams Pro-Life like an assault rifle sale.


Johnston in his Intolerant shirt. The back of the shirt reads: Homosexuality is a sin, Islam is a lie, abortion is murder.

It’s fair to say that proponents of Personhood legislation, which seeks to provide all the rights of citizenship to a fertilized egg, are on the extreme fringes of the anti-abortion movement.   And the term Extremist certain fits Johnston.

The Other Paper described Johnston as “uninsured Zanesville family practitioner, Christian radio host, an active anti-LGBT and Operation Save America activist, and one-time Libertarian candidate for state representative in Ohio’s 94th District.”

In addition to penning homophobic rants for his website, Johnston also writes anti-abortion fantasy fiction about armed anti-abortion activists who violently secede from the United States to form a Coalition of Free Christian States.


UPDATE:  Readers have asked to see the full email so we’ve included it below.



  • clr1390

    Another whack job from Ohio. He reminds me of the guy who killed George Tiller. He did not give a rats as* about his own family, and I can bet ya this guy is not far behind him.

  • Audio7

    We all know this will end badly. This guy thinks he gets to decide who is good and who is not. It’s just a matter of time before he kills someone with his arsenal of male-enhancing assault weapons. Then most will claim they didn’t see it coming.

  • Mark Schrider

    I’m surprised that the cognitive dissonance doesn’t make his pointy little head ‘splode.

  • dmoore2222

    Hey. These are the people the republican party has courted for a long time now. And then they wonder why they can’t win the presidency. Make a list and you’ll surprise yourself by the shear lunacy of its members, the likes of Michelle Bachman, Ted Cruz, Sarah “hair and nails” Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Wayne Lapierre, Todd Akins, the whacko plitician who thinks rape “shuts down” pregnancy for it victims. The party has itself to blame for whoring after these nut jobs. All this does is motivate reasonable people to vote against them, even members of their own party a la SB5/Issue 2 in Ohio.

  • Think.

    The GOP has created monsters that are beginning to bite the hands that fed them.

  • anastasjoy

    It’s already got plenty of people who should be inhabits of an insane asylum already, including many of its congressmen like Steve “Guns are my only issue” Stockman and Louie “Women should give birth to dead fetuses” Gohmert.

  • Aaron Keith Harris

    I’m the communications director for the Libertarian Party of Ohio, and I can’t find any record (including on the Ohio Secretary of State website, which has posted records back to 1983 or so) of Patrick Johnston as a member or candidate of the LPO, and no one currently involved with the LPO has heard of him (the LPO was relaunched almost from scratch about seven years ago.). Neither can I find the Other Paper article you cite saying he was a Libertarian candidate.

    Would you mind helping me look into this? It’s important to us because the LPO, like the Libertarian Party nationwide since its founding in 1971, has supported marriage equality and opposed all laws discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. We have also always been pro-choice on abortion as a party, though some of our individual members are not, and we require a pledge not to initiate violence in order to be an active member, officer, candidate, or to hold any other position in the LPO.

    It’s possible that Patrick Johnston claimed to be a Libertarian candidate, but I just can’t find any proof that he ever was.

  • Aaron Keith Harris

    The LPO is also an official co-sponsor of Ohio Freedom to Marry and have been actively collecting signatures and promoting it.

  • Michaela Dasteel

    Would you rather he sell deadly abortion pills?

  • Thanks for the comment, Aaron. When the Dispatch bought the Other Paper and shut it down, they also removed all of the online content. But the quote is copied exactly as the Other Paper story originally presented it.

    That said, the Other Paper certainly may have misidentified his party affiliation.

    You can find information about Johnston’s 2008 campaign for State Rep:

  • Email me: Joseph at

  • Brenda Harvey

    Can a pro choice group do a rifle raffle? I would buy tickets for that.

  • pitbullgirl1965

    Has anyone from Ohio reported this cretin to the FBI or DHS?

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