The Family Research Council shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges that include assault with intent to kill and committing an act of terrorism.
Shockingly enough, Corkins told FBI agents that he chose FRC as a target based on the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map.”
In case you were unaware, the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated FRC a "hate group" because of the conservative organization's position on gay marriage:
“Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three charges including a charge of committing an act of terrorism related to the August 15, 2012 injuring of FRC's guard,” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes.
“He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center's website for ideas [emphasis added],” the report adds.
Corkins also told FBI agents that it was his intention to "kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims' faces, and kill the guard.”
At about 10:45 a.m. ET on the morning of the the shooting, Corkins entered the FRC lobby but was confronted by a security guard who asked him where he was going, the Washington Post reported. Corkins then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard before being wrestled to the ground and disarmed. He was later taken into FBI custody.
The incident occurred shortly after Chik-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said in an interview that he supports traditional marriage, which explains the chicken sandwich-themed attack.
FRC president Tony Perkins has called on the Southern Poverty Law Center to take down its “hate map.”
"The day after Floyd Corkins came into the FRC headquarter and opened fire wounding one of our team members, I stated that while Corkins was responsible for the shooting, he had been given a license to perpetrate this act of violence by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has systematically and recklessly labeled every organization with which they disagree as a 'hate group,'" he said.
"Once again, I call on the SPLC to put an immediate stop to its practice of labeling organizations that oppose their promotion of homosexuality," said Perkins, adding, "Whether the SPLC continues to demonize those who hold to biblical morality or not, the Family Research Council will remain unequivocally committed to our mission of advancing faith, family and freedom."
As of this writing, the SPLC’s “hate map” still includes FRC.
Final Thought: Let’s take a trip in the WayBack Machine, shall we?
Shortly after a Tucson, Ariz., shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Congresswoman Gabirelle Giffords, left-leaning journalists and bloggers raced each other to be the first to pin the blame on conservatives.
“Arizona massacre: Should Sarah Palin share the blame?” read one headline.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, blamed Palin as well as Sharron Angle for the shooting: “I think [their] statements are totally irresponsible and they’re not without consequences.”
Elsewhere, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank blamed Palin and Glenn Beck for the shooting.
“Both are finally being held to account for recklessly playing with violent images in a way that is bound to incite the unstable,” said Milbank during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
The New York Times’ Paul Krugman published a blog post blaming conservatives for the tragedy within hours of the incident:
Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Here’s the best part: “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.”
Of course, as we now know, Loughner wasn’t motivated by conservatives -- he was motivated by the voices inside his head. Prior to the Tuscon shooting, he didn’t watch TV, he burned American flags, he “disliked” the news, he pored over “The Communist Manifesto” and “Mein Kampf,” and he didn’t listen to talk radio. Furthermore, it has been revealed that he is a registered independent.
“He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle.
What are the chances Krugman, Milbank, and everyone else who has falsely accused conservatives of inciting violence will take on the SPLC for its apparently inspirational “hate map"?
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