Twenty-eight year old Floyd Lee Corkins II, the man who attempted to murder member of the Family Research Council in Washington, D. C. back in August of 2012, plead guilty to three out of ten charges on Wednesday, including committing an act of terrorism. He didn't plea guilty to a "hate crime." However, according to an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigations following the shooting, Corkins wanted to kill as many people as possible, then smear their faces with Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, and kill the guard. He had also taken substantial steps in the preceding week to carry out other crimes. His use of the sandwiches was to "make a statement against the people who work in that building ... and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A."
His Statement of Offense also read, “He committed the shooting for political reasons. He had identified the FRC as an anti-gay organization on the Southern Poverty Law Center Website.”
“Consistent with his statement to the FBI," the Statement of Offense continued, "a subsequent search of Corkins’ family computer revealed that on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12, Corkins used the computer to visit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, as well as the websites for the FRC and the second organization on his handwritten list.”
Corkins acknowledged as part of his plea agreement that he had taken a number of steps to plan the shooting. He bought the pistol the week before and practiced firing it. He also visited the headquarters of the Family Research Council, and he purchased the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches the day before the shooting. The plea agreement said Corkins was filmed picking out the gun by a French television crew doing a piece on the ease with which firearms can be purchased in the United States.
Corkins also acknowledged that he considered making a bomb but didn't have the patience to do it. In his pants pocket, police found a handwritten list of groups that also oppose gay marriage. Lawyers did not include the list of organizations in the plea agreement.
Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges: interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed and act of terrorism while armed, a charge based on the shooting being intended to intimidate anyone who is associated with or supports the Family Research Council and other organizations that oppose gay marriage.
Sentencing guidelines recommend a maximum of 10 years on the first count and up to 15 years on the two other counts. The judge in the case, Richard W. Roberts, set sentencing for April 29.
Corkins picked the FRC out from a map provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC is a far left leaning organization that labeled the FRC as a "hate group" because of their stance against homosexuality.
FRC President Tony Perkins said the SPLC “can no longer say that it is not a source for those bent on committing acts of violence.”
"The day after Floyd Corkins came into the FRC headquarters and opened fire wounding one of our team members, I stated that while Corkins was responsible for the shooting, he had been given a license to perpetrate this act of violence by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has systematically and recklessly labeled every organization with which they disagree as a 'hate group,’” Perkins said.
"Today both assertions were validated in court as Corkins pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges, including terrorism,” he said.
“Only by ending its hate-labeling practices will the SPLC send a message that it no longer wishes to be a source for those who would commit acts of violence that are only designed to intimidate and silence Christians and others who support natural marriage and traditional morality,” Perkins said.
SPLC continues to leave its "hate map" up, which is obviously being used to target organizations that are not hateful for murder of their members. They have not made a statement on Corkins' plea.
Family Research Council employee Leo Johnson was shot by Floyd Corkins II, but still managed to subdue the shooter on Aug. 15, 2012.
Interestingly enough, I don't recall the left calling for gun control immediately following this incident. In fact, there was a sense of justifying this shooting.
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