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February 9, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Anna Marie Hoffman, who is the founder of the conservative Counter Cultured blog, was at the Family Research Council the day Floyd Corkins tried to execute his act of terrorism.  She was working there at the time.  In her post published yesterday, she said:

[Last] Wednesday, Floyd Lee Corkins II, who was responsible for the  Family Research Council shooting on August 15, 2012, plead guilty to three charges, which included committing an act of terrorism.

While interviewed by the FBI, Corkins admitted that he wanted to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.”

I was one of those people who could have been his victim. I was on the 6th floor of the FRC building working on my pro-life internship assignments. I could have lost my life. My dear friend Rosa and everyone else in the building, including my boss Jeanne Monahan, now president of March for Life, could have lost their lives.

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It is time to stop Southern Poverty Law Center labeling FRC, and other organizations that just want to make society a better place, as “hate groups.” I only pray that people will learn from this shooting that  wrongful labels and violence are not ways to solve political disagreements. Let’s stop the hate to prevent acts of violence like this shooting from occurring again.

As Bryan Preston posted on February 6, Corkins used the SPLC’s “hate map” to select his target.  As Preston noted, this crime does present a certain problems for left, especially his third point.

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.

 I wonder if the SPLC will designate themselves as a hate group, and then they can fold up shop.

Matt Vespa is a web editor at Townhall.com and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.
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