Larry Flynt is the controversial mastermind behind Hustler magazine, and he was fighting obscenity charges in a Georgia court when he was shot on March 6, 1978. The gunshots sent him to intensive care, and he was ultimately paralyzed from the waist down. The gunman wasn't caught until a few years later, and when Joseph Paul Franklin was arrested for his connection to the murder of an interracial couple, his secrets start spilling out. His attempt to kill Flynt was only one in his long list of crimes, which were all racially motivated.
In 2013, Flynt penned a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, where he talked about whether or not his would-be murderer should face the death penalty. According to Flynt himself, Franklin had shot him because of one specific spread that he had chosen to run in Hustler, featuring a white woman with a black man. For Franklin, who once told CNN he was trying to start a race war (via The Telegraph), that was all the reason he needed to target Flynt.
After Franklin's conviction, he started serving consecutive life sentences amassed during his 3-year murder spree. He never served most of those years, though, executed via lethal injection on November 20, 2013. One of the most outspoken opponents of his execution was Flynt, who wrote, "I would love an hour in a room with him and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die." Flynt went on, "I have had many years in this wheelchair to think about this very topic. 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."