The paralysed porn mogul has urged US authorities to spare the man sentenced to death for shooting him 35 years ago, putting him in a wheelchair.
Joseph Paul Franklin is due to be executed next month after being convicted for the March 1978 attack on Larry Flynt outside a Georgia courthouse, where he was fighting obscenity charges.
The 70-year-old wrote in an opinion column for industry journal The Hollywood Reporter that he would like to physically hurt Franklin the way the shooting had hurt him, but did not want the gunman dead.
"In all the years since the shooting, I have never come face to face with Franklin," Flynt 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 said Franklin had "targeted me because of a photo spread I ran in Hustler magazine featuring a black man and a white woman. He had bombed several synagogues ... He hated blacks, he hated Jews."
The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered Franklin to be put to death by lethal injection on November 20.
"I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not," wrote Flynt.
"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."
Flynt has fought several prominent legal battles involving the First Amendment – the right to free speech guaranteed in the US Constitution – and has unsuccessfully run for public office.
He won a seminal free speech case in 1988 before the US Supreme Court and was the subject of a 1996 biopic by director Milos Forman, The People vs Larry Flynt, starring Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love. – Sapa, AFP