Family Research Council Shooter Chose Target from Southern Poverty Law Center’s ‘Hate’ Map
February 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Remember when liberals reached beyond reason to connect a Sarah Palin map to the Tucson shooting? Let’s see what they do with this.
The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group’s opposition to gay rights.
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. He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center’s website for ideas.
At a court hearing where his comments to the FBI were revealed, he said that he intended to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” The shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his opposition to same-sex marriage.
This crime presents the militant left with a couple of problems. One, by their definition, it’s a hate crime. Two, rhetoric such as Spencer Ackerman threatening to smash conservatives’ faces through plate glass windows may be relevant to the intended killer’s inspiration. Third, the Southern Poverty Law Center targeted the Family Research Council as a “hate group” for holding a mainstream position on a cultural issue. The shooter explicitly admits that he used the SPLC’s map to choose his target for a mass killing.
Whatever will the likes of Media Matters, Think Progress et al do with this?