Ed Driscoll

Family Research Council Attacked, Gunman Taken into Custody

Bryan Preston has a lengthy and regularly updated post of the events at the Tatler:

The conservative Family Research Council came under attack at its Washington, D.C. headquarters today. Two people including a security guard were shot. There is no word on their condition (update: it looks like both wounded will be ok). Washington police and the FBI have reportedly responded to the shooting.

In a statement released after the shooting, FRC President Tony Perkins said, “The police are investigating this incident.  Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today.  Our concern is for him and his family.”

On any given day, the Family Research Council comes under vitriolic attack from groups on the left for its defense of traditional values and traditional marriage. The George Soros-funded Center for American Progress devotes considerable resources to “monitoring” and criticizing the group. The FRC came under sustained leftist criticism during the Chick-fil-A free speech battle that culminated on August 1.

Twitchy rounds-up loads “this is terrible…but”-style Tweets from the left.

Flashback: Jesse Walker from the October 2009 issue of Reason on “The Paranoid Center — How the panic over right-wing violence is being used to marginalize peaceful dissent.”