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Shooting at Family Research Council Wounds Guard

Shooting at Family Research Council Wounds Guard

A security guard was injured after he was shot during a scuffle with a man at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

The man was armed, and was apparently trying to gain access to the offices of the FRC.

“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Said Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”

The man, Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., apparently expressed disagreement with the anti-gay, anti-abortion group during the scuffle. He was carrying a handgun inside a bag from Chick-fil-A, a company whose president has also expressed opposition to LGBT rights.

Corkins was tackled by guard Leo Johnson, who was shot in the arm during the scuffle. Johnson and others wrestled Corkins to the ground, and held him until police were able to get to the scene. Johnson is currently in the hospital in stable condition.

The case is being investigated by the FBI as possible domestic terrorism.

“The police are investigating this incident,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement. “Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”

The Family Research Council has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Policy Law Center. Founded in 1981 by fundamentalist minister James Dobson, the organization is strongly opposed to gay rights, abortion rights, divorce, gambling and pornography.

The shooting was the second in two weeks to spark an investigation of terrorism. On August 6, a white supremacist killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

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3:15PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I was 4 day old news with no new information yet, Storek. I am sure when there is more to say we will hear more. All we know now is somebody with a grudge came in and shot the guard. I am sure there is more to the story but no one knows yet.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

TO ALL OF YOU who call Jesus a liberal, READ THE BIBLE, yes he came for the prostitutes and the money changers andall of the sinners BECAUSE they were the one's who needed to be saved, BUT he does not condone sin in any form and he was quite vocal about it all through the new testament, IF you are a sinner you need a savior, THAT IS THE MESSAGE of the new testament

8:45AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Should the media be out after another gun death with headlines exhorting politicians to pass some sensible gun laws legislation? And, I saw news of the shooting on several stations quite a few times. There should be more conversation and debate on all the gun deaths in this Country from all news organizations. After all we are leading the rest of the civilized world in gun crime.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

If you want an example of liberal bias in the national media, all you had to do was to watch the network Sunday morning shows. CBS, ABC and NBC said not one word about the shooting in DC. Shame on them.

Storek

4:21PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

THis guy is no better than any other terrorist. It doesn't meatier WHO you attack. I don't like the organization either, but shooting the organization up with lead is no better than people blowing up clinics. THis guy screwed up bad.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Storek, did you mean to say christian or catholic doctrine. There are many interpretations of the bible.

2:03PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

when I see libs like Marianne twist around Catholic doctrine plus reinvent history, I am concernd about this nation.

Anyway, to the point of this news items. You libs explain to me why this is NOT a hate crime? The shooter even spoke to this as a hate crime by Washington DC's definition of a hate crime. Please Explain?

Storek

8:35AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

I am generally a non-violent progressive. But after all of the right wing hate radio, Palins shoot and reload, the shooting at Gabby Giffords compaign rally, and the host of abortion murders agitated by right wing hate radio; I think that it is about time that we progressives retaliate and defend ourselves. Ghandi said that a women being raped have a right to pick up a rock and bash her attacker over the head to defend herself.

The haters on the right need to know that we progressives are not going to take being attacked physically laying down. We to can aim, shoot, and reload.

4:57AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Frances: Yours and Marianne's comments and the majority of others gives me renewed hope for America. I think you will stand up and be counted when voting day arrives. I salute all of you.

4:46AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Hi, Marianne: I haen't gotten involved so far in this aspect of the debate, but of course I agree with you wholeheartedly. To is people, he was a liberal. He wanted change in how Judaism was being administered. He felt - as described in the New Testament - that their leaders had gotten away from God's true message; which they had, as have leaders today, i.e., tht God is foremost all aout LOVE. Not cruel judgements; not silly restrictions on everyday living, like no work of any kind on the Sabbath; not HATE. And the irony of the Republican's stance, as you so well point out, is astonishing. I pray Jesus will open their eyes before they do any more damage to America.

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