’Arcy Rohmer crept low within a deep ravine. He removed several branchesand some dry leaves camouflaging a Barrett M98 semi-automatic sniper rifle, a rarebeauty, which he had hidden the day before. It was a rifle for the avid collector, but its
10round detachable box magazine also made it ideal for both the serious and weekendsniper alike.He had purchased the weapon and ammunition easily two months earlier at a gunshow in Arkansas. It had been a magnificent event—a true orgy for gun lovers, with over600 tables attended by thousands. By the end of the three day extravaganza, some gunshad been reduced by 50% for quick sale like sweaters on the clearance rack at Wal-Mart.The selection at the gun show had been so vast, and the prices so reasonable, thatRohmer had been unable to resist buying a couple of small handguns as well. They couldbe so practical at times. Seeing as he had sought out and had done business with anunlicensed dealer there had been no intrusive background checks to contend with. Noinconvenient wait-time whatsoever.Rohmer had traveled to Massachusetts the week before in his rusty Chevette,intent on sending a message. The President himself had said that the activist judges wereintent on rewriting the laws of the nation instead of interpreting the constitution as it hadbeen written. A prominent evangelist had said that the militant judges were more of athreat to America than terrorists. The conservative talk show hosts had advised him aswell. How
dare the judges allow Darwin’s theories to be taught to America’s youth? Howcould they remotely consider allowing assisted suicide? It was a sin. An abomination of God’s word. The liberal judges had to be stopped. They simply had to be shown that theword of God was sacrosanctThe judges had taken God from the classroom and from the Public Square. Theinstitution of marriage was under attack from gays and lesbians who for years had beenable to marry in Massachusetts. And now, thanks to this sinful judicial precedent, otherstates were following suit. The courts had even given homosexuals their blessing to raisechildren!The abortionists continued to flourish and the proponents of stem cell researchwere growing in numbers, advocating their evil harvest. America simply had to return tosome basic family values.He’d begin with the seven Justices from the Massachusetts Supreme JudicialCourt. They were the most influential; the most blameworthy. Yes, he would start righthere in Massachusetts, this most liberal of states.Rohmer settled into a hollow shielded by the root of a giant oak. He had chosenJudge Collins at random after attending a hearing at the John Adams courthouse. He hadwaited for the judge to leave, and had followed him from the court house to his home inBeacon Hill, an upscale neighborhood in Boston’s south side. The judge’s protectionevidently ended the moment he left the courthouse property. His driver seemedcompletely oblivious to the old Chevy hanging two cars back.