FRC shooter: I targeted them because SPLC list said they were ‘anti-gay’

posted at 10:01 pm on April 24, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Is a video of Floyd Lee Corkins admitting his exact motivations enough to connect the dots in this case?

Via the Washington Examiner:

Family Research Council (FRC) officials released video of federal investigators questioning convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins II, who explained that he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins tells interrogators in the video, which FRC obtained from the FBI. “I found them online, did a little research, went to the website, stuff like that.”

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that Corkins, who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, said in court that he hoped to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” As Bedard explained, “the shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his support for traditional marriage, angering same-sex marriage proponents.”

Southern Poverty Law Center still lists Family Research Council as a hate group. I’m against icing political speech by holding such a list responsible for the actions of crazy criminals. But then, I’m not one of those who was sure Sarah Palin’s crosshairs were responsible for the shooting of a Democratic Congresswoman and the deaths of six staff and constituents, despite copious evidence to the contrary— like, that the shooter had never seen the Palin map and was demonstrably not motivated by partisan politics. That crowd is awfully quiet about the influence SPLC’s dubious list might have on the future unbalanced. Curious, that.

Prosecutors want 45 years for Corkins, who wounded a security guard who got between him and his desire to kill as many people as possible and smear Chick-fil-a sandwiches in their faces as a political statement. Dots, connected, and yet this doesn’t make it into the narrative about the dangerous potential for incitement in political rhetoric and the notion our nation is teetering on the edge of total civil breakdown at the hands of irrational gun-toters. Curious, that.

Prosecutors say a Virginia man who planned a mass killing at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison for his plot.

Prosecutors filed a court document Friday that recommends the 45-year sentence for Floyd Corkins II.

A security guard subdued Corkins in the lobby of the Family Research Council in August after he pointed a pistol at the man. Corkins fired three shots, and the guard was the only one wounded. Corkins, who was carrying nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, later told authorities that he had planned to kill as many people as possible and then to smear the sandwiches on their faces as a political statement.


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Just a reminder that liberals/progressives have no shame.

Drained Brain on April 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Fervor.

Ben Hur on April 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

But is this as strong as Sarah Palin’s connection to the AZ shooting?

/I don’t think so, said the little red lib

Paul-Cincy on April 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Tolerant bunch of idiots, aren’t they?

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

And yet this will not be enough for the left. They can’t seem to connect the dots when they are connected for them when it comes to things that look bad for their liberal causes, but they always jump to conclusions in order to smear and besmirch the right. Isn’t that strange. Sigh.

Theophile on April 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Corkins, who was carrying nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, later told authorities that he had planned to kill as many people as possible and then to smear the sandwiches on their faces as a political statement.

Lovely.

/Stop the hate. No, not gay hate towards Christians … Christian hatred of gays!11!!1!!!

Paul-Cincy on April 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

SPLC…Moe Dees…not exactly a paragon of propriety, is he?

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

It’s worth the time to read the long article Weekly Standard had recently on SPLC. It’s a racket that rakes in millions for Morris Dees.

Mark1971 on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Isn’t Islam against Gay marriage? Are they listed as a hate group?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

But then, I’m not one of those who was sure Sarah Palin’s crosshairs were responsible for the shooting of a Democratic Congresswoman and the deaths of six staff and constituents, despite copious evidence to the contrary— like, that the shooter had never seen the Palin map and was demonstrably not motivated by partisan politics.

Or what about the FACT that Jared Loughner supported Ho Chi Kerry (D) in 2004?

sentinelrules on April 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

+100

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I can’t even think of anything to write.

We truly are living in a time of “dogs and cats, living together, MASS HYSTERIA!”

You can’t even satirize the Left anymore – because they are just simply so…

I can’t even think of the word…

*sigh*

catmman on April 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

The SPLC is a left-wing extremist group that openly admits it doesn’t investigate left wing groups. Yet MSM cites them as if they are an unbiased source and gets away with it.

bw222 on April 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

…turdfreeorpeeDBarenoforeskin…in 3…2…1…

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

You have to break a few eggs to make the perfect Utopian omelet.

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Isn’t Islam against Gay marriage? Are they listed as a hate group?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

…you have to ask the FBI…

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

tingles will have the splc guy on first thing tomorrow to defend himself

cmsinaz on April 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

Good stuff for the FRC lawsuit against SPLC. They’re going to own real estate in Montgomery by the time this is all over.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

“Curious, that.”

Purposeful, intentional, by thought, deed, and action…

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

Southern Poverty Law Center still lists Family Research Council as a hate group.

Any individual or group who holds a Biblical view of homosexuality will be labelled a “hate group”, or guilty of “hate speech”, and leftist terrorists like Floyd Lee Corkins II will be out to kill you.

It’s an attack against anyone who believes in Biblical morality.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

You have to break a few eggs…

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

…but…Drained Brain didn’t call out for you!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Isn’t Islam against Gay marriage? Are they listed as a hate group?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

They certainly act like a hate group.

talkingpoints on April 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

It’s an attack against anyone who believes in Biblical morality.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

But those who believe in Koranic morality get a pass.

[Koran and morality…talk about yer oxymoron. Sheesh.]

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Isn’t it about time to put SPLC on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of terrorist groups?

Nemesis of Jihad on April 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I’m torn between anger at the incessant double-standard, and abject lack of hope for any improvement. We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back in a civilized way at this point.

Pissed off, or depressed. Both, I think.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Will they ask the Russians?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I’m not one of those who was sure Sarah Palin’s crosshairs were responsible for the shooting of a Democratic Congresswoman and the deaths of six staff and constituents, despite copious evidence to the contrary— like, that the shooter had never seen the Palin map and was demonstrably not motivated by partisan politics.

Yea, but did you defend Palin?

idesign on April 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Isn’t Islam against Gay marriage?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

True. I think any religion that has roots back to Abraham views homosexuality as a sin. Strangely, though, many Muslims do not consider the practice of Bacha bazi to be “homosexuality”.

Are they listed as a hate group?

No.
Islam and the godless left are united in their hatred of Jews, Christians, and the Judeo-Christian foundation of this country.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

“I targeted them because SPLC list said they were ‘anti-gay’…”

Well, at least this is an isolated incident…

… Oh, wait!

Citing a Southern Poverty Law Center report as evidence that extremism is on the rise, the Army Reserve presentation blames ‘the superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories,the changing racial make-up of America and the prospect of 4 more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.’

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

HA remarkably troll-free last day or so – or am I missing it?

Waiting for their OFA/DNC checks and talking points to come in the mail?

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I’m torn between anger at the incessant double-standard, and abject lack of hope for any improvement. We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back in a civilized way at this point.

Pissed off, or depressed. Both, I think.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Yeah, me too. [sigh]

PatriotGal2257 on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Yeah, it will be pretty funny when this gay loving shooter gets what he deserves in his pooter.

redguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Naw, they have been dumbazzes all over the place, animal rights thread, gosnell the most prominent.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

True. I think any religion that has roots back to Abraham views homosexuality as a sin. Strangely, though, many Muslims do not consider the practice of Bacha bazi to be “homosexuality”.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

libfree buying tickets to Afghanistan in 3… 2… 1…

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

So, in other words, we will never know his true motivation.

Lily on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Arabs may be descended from Ishmael, but Islam has no roots in Abraham’s faith in God.

INC on April 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Will they ask the Russians?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

…they’re too busy INVESTIGATING Benghazi and Fast & Furious!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’m torn between anger at the incessant double-standard, and abject lack of hope for any improvement. We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back in a civilized way at this point.

Pissed off, or depressed. Both, I think.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Don’t be, because the Leftist meme keeps getting broken every time it turns around. If anything, it’s laughable.

INC on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Lily on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

So, he was radicalized by the SPLC?

But, those Boston bombers…could not have been radicalized by the Koran…or their religion?

What’s his motivation?

What was their motivation?

What?

We are now in the “Stanislavski Method” era of defining terrorism?

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Don’t be, because the Leftist meme keeps getting broken every time it turns around. If anything, it’s laughable.

INC on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

…47% of the people…have no sense of humor!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

But just remember, it’s the Tea party that’s violent.

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

HA remarkably troll-free last day or so – or am I missing it?

Waiting for their OFA/DNC checks and talking points to come in the mail?

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Naw you missed Armin saying that he would rather deal with progressives than religious zealots(right wing of course), because at least progressives would agree that limited government is a good thing..

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Clearly the SPLC is a hate group,, an extreme hate group.

VorDaj on April 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Is a video of Floyd Lee Corkins admitting his exact motivations enough to connect the dots in this case?

Nah. Christophobia, bigotry, and intolerance aren’t to blame.

Obviously, he was oppressed by a society founded by old, rich, white men, victimised by institutional racism & heterosexualism, suffered permanent brain damage as a result of concussions sustained playing FFF (f@g-flag football), brainwashed by NRA propaganda, body-snatched by Holden Caulfield, traumatised by seeing Mormon missionaries on bicycles, and discriminated against by his parents, who refused to give him a Malibu Barbie Beach House for his 12th birthday.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Notice in the HuffPost piece they conveniently left out that Corkins got his “research” material from SPLC.

TulsAmerican on April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

HA remarkably troll-free last day or so – or am I missing it?

Waiting for their OFA/DNC checks and talking points to come in the mail?

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Sequestration.

can_con on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

/I don’t think so, said the little red lib

Paul-Cincy on April 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

On this very lousy day, that gave me a chuckle. Thanks

Jvette on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

…body-snatched by Holden Caulfield, traumatised by seeing Mormon missionaries on bicycles, and discriminated against by his parents, who refused to give him a Malibu Barbie Beach House for his 12th birthday.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Ha! Brilliant.

anuts on April 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Don’t forget the one about the Bible belt looking like Afghanistan if fenced of from the rest of the country.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Obviously, he was oppressed by a society founded by old, rich, white men, victimised by institutional racism & heterosexualism, suffered permanent brain damage as a result of concussions sustained playing FFF (f@g-flag football), brainwashed by NRA propaganda, body-snatched by Holden Caulfield, traumatised by seeing Mormon missionaries on bicycles, and discriminated against by his parents, who refused to give him a Malibu Barbie Beach House for his 12th birthday.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Pulitzer level snark.

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

In any rational society, this man should get the death penalty.

thuja on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

The SPLC is a terrorist organization. They spread hate.

This was only bound to happen with that nutball they send on TV telling everyone to hate Christians, southerners, and people that don’t look like them.

The SPLC should be shut down and sued out of existence.

tetriskid on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

Good stuff for the FRC lawsuit against SPLC. They’re going to own real estate in Montgomery by the time this is all over.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Good luck with that; SPLC has headquartered most of their organization and assets in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Wise move if your business is going to be slander.

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

HA remarkably troll-free last day or so – or am I missing it?

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

sorry I am late! who knew smuggling Saudi nationals out of the country before Beck/A. Jones/Drudge get on to us would be so time-consuming! and here I thought Benghazi was a tough cover-up to pull off, whew!!!

DBear on April 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Isn’t Islam against Gay marriage? Are they listed as a hate group?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

This.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

FRC shooter: I targeted them because SPLC TEA Party list said they were ‘anti-gay gun

Now, THAT would keep the drive by media in lead stories and opinion pieces for, who knows, decades?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Southern Poverty Law Center still lists Family Research Council as a hate group.

Sounds like a good lawsuit to me.

On what set of criteria does the SPLC make that determination?

GarandFan on April 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Liberal Logic: I’ll murder you, in order to help you understand my view of ‘tolerance’

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on April 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Well. OK then. You are merely killing people who the left approves of being ridiculed, singled out, and killed. You get a pass.

pat on April 25, 2013 at 2:25 AM

The SPLC is the worst group of rabidly ignorant left wing smear merchants in this country..

Put em on the no fly list..

Hate spewing slandering nutjobs, who never saw a straight white person in the center or right they DIDN’T hate on sight.. Hypocritical scumbags, all of them..

Palin was smeared, their was NO connection to Tuscan, none, yet these same @sshats made up a story because of a map crosshairs that the DNC also used, to smear her out of their blind foaming hate.

This.. is a valid and real connection, out of the shooters own mouth.

and the left will do their best to deny reality.. they pushed these hate crime laws, thinking somehow, their own hate speech would escaped notice.. well they can put this up their *** sideways.

I don’t wish ill on anyone, I do however wish karma on these SPLC immoral thugs… Time for a new group out there that actually lists real threats, and not their political enemies in a bald faced smear.

mark81150 on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM

I’m torn between anger at the incessant double-standard, and abject lack of hope for any improvement. We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back in a civilized way at this point.

Pissed off, or depressed. Both, I think.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Me, too.

davidk on April 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM

By its own rules, SLPC is a hate group.

Wolftech on April 25, 2013 at 6:10 AM

I’m torn between anger at the incessant double-standard, and abject lack of hope for any improvement. We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back in a civilized way at this point.

Pissed off, or depressed. Both, I think.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Think of it this way. Mike Judge is a goddam prophet. Look at his film Idiocracy.

And that’s only if the U.S. doesn’t pull a Biden and split among political lines.

Myron Falwell on April 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM

What is political discourse these days? The SPLC doesn’t operate much differently than the DNC as far as going overboard on their assessments of conservative organizations and their motives. In fact, our president is hoping for a reaction similar to this, although without the gun I suppose, where people standing in long lines or their children shut-out of a White House tour, pick up their pitchforks and march on their Republican Congressman’s office. They believe their overboard actions and rhetoric will have the desired result and who cares how divided the country is?

bflat879 on April 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

And, so far as I’ve seen, Corkins was NOT charged with any hate crime enhancers.

Which means hate crimes laws are bull. Corkins all but said he hated the people at the FRC (and elsewhere) and intended to kill many of them, but he’s in a special group so the hate crime enhancer doesn’t apply.

englishqueen01 on April 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

In any rational society, this man should get the death penalty.

thuja on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I can’t tell if you left off the sarc tag or not. Assuming you didn’t, your outrage at this as opposed to your indifference regarding Kermit Gosnell is very telling.

gryphon202 on April 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

So, in other words, we will never know his true motivation.

Lily on April 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Byu-ti-ful.

Axeman on April 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

And, so far as I’ve seen, Corkins was NOT charged with any hate crime enhancers.

Which means hate crimes laws are bull. Corkins all but said he hated the people at the FRC (and elsewhere) and intended to kill many of them, but he’s in a special group so the hate crime enhancer doesn’t apply.

englishqueen01 on April 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Exactly.

“Hate Crimes” are defined by the left and only applied to the right. Forget equal protection under the law.

ITguy on April 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You can’t even satirize the Left anymore – because they are just simply so…

I can’t even think of the word…

*sigh*

catmman on April 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I’m pretty sure the word you’re looking for is EVIL. If not, it should be, because that’s what they are.

And re that jab on the other thread about walling off the Bible Belt, as a resident of same, I will gladly donate to the building fund, so long as we can boot the leftists that have infiltrated back out first, starting with every last one with an Obama sticker on the car.

pannw on April 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

englishqueen01 on April 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Exactly.

I hope he gets the 45 years. And, I hope they feed him Chik-fil-A every meal for those entire 45 years. Or, at least, until he starts to like it – then take it away and feed him gruel.

GWB on April 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

If this was someone who attacked an abortion clinic, a gay bar, or shot at a spotted owl this would still be headline news. It will be buried deeper by the mainline/government press because the Southern Poverty Law Center has become entangled. Can you imagine an America where a group that promotes traditional family values is seen as a “hate” group?

12th Legion on April 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Huh? The Westboro Baptist Church hates gays, Festus.

socalcon on April 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Since there are no lib-bastards posting funny nonsense on this thread, I will take one for the team and post in their absence.

eh em…You cannot blame the SPLC for inspiring a lefty terrorist bent on murder and mayhem. Afterall, they have good intentions.

JackM on April 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

But, but, but…COEXIST!

Chris of Rights on April 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Using the SPLC as a national guide to hate groups is like asking Anwar al-Awlaki to speak to the Pentagon about Mohammedan outreach.

Pure crazy.

What?

They did?

They are?

No wonder we are soooo screwed.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Waiting for their OFA/DNC checks and talking points to come in the mail?

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Oh I don’t think they would be so shallow as to believe in the capitalist idea of getting paid for their work.

Nutstuyu on April 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Muck Fohammed.

Nutstuyu on April 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM