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Published On: Thu, Aug 16th, 2012

Floyd Lee Corkins, shooter of DC FRC, charged and revealed to be ‘left-wing activist’

Twenty-eight-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins was wearing a white prison jumpsuit and showed no visible emotions or reactions at federal court Thursday.

Screenshot Tony Perkins discussing the FRC shooting at the DC office

When the judge asked if he could afford a private attorney, Corkins responded that he only had $300 to his name. The judge assigned a public defender.

Corkins faces charges as the shooter at the DC Family Research Council injuring a security guard, Leo Johnson, who was instrumental in disarming the man.

The AP reports Corkins had been volunteering at Washington, DC’s Center for the LGBT Community as recently as two weeks ago, when he was manning the front desk. ‘‘He always struck me as a kind, gentle and unassuming young man. I’m very surprised that he could be involved in something like this,’’ said Center director David Mariner.

His backpack was full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he said “I don’t like your politics” and shot the security guard.

Corkins’ parents told FBI agents that he has “strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner,” the complaint says.

The assault charge carries up to 30 years in prison and the weapons charge has a 10-year maximum sentence.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins took to Fox News Thursday to say groups that oppose his organization are responsible for creating the atmosphere that led to the shooting at its headquarters Wednesday.

“Let me be very clear here that Floyd Corkins was responsible for the wounding of one of our colleagues and friends at the Family Research Council,” Perkins said. “But I believe he was given a license to do that by a group such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who labeled us a hate group because we defend the family and stand for traditional orthodox Christianity.”

In late 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the FRC a “hate group” over its opposition to gay rights and condemnation of same-sex behavior. The SPLC rating put the FRC — long a mainstay in Republican political circles — on the same list as the Aryan Nations, Nation of Islam and KKK.

 

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  1. Floyd Lee Corkins, the Family Research Council shooter, sentenced to 25 years - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Corkins was targeting the FRC because of its opposition to gay marriage and the listing on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. […]

  2. Floyd Corkins, shooter with chic-fil-a wrappers and ammo in backpack, pleads guilty to terrorism, got plan from ‘Hate Group’ outers - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] man who opened fire inside the headquarters of the Family Research Center last August pleaded guilty today to committing an act of […]

  3. Big Olive says:

    progressive+in DC+chick-fil-a+gun=insanity defense no problem!

  4. nun says:

    Was the Chic-fil-A bag part of his disguise?

  5. Pvt Jet says:

    Thanks to s***heads like this, we can never have real conversations about anything. I hope he enjoys his jailtime.

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