The conservative Family Research Council was the site of a shooting by someone who obviously demonstrates the radical hatred of the left. The gunman entered the lobby of the Chinatown headquarters around 10:45am Wednesday and expressed his disagreement with the group's policy. When the security guard asked him where he was going, the man opened fire on the guard.
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. "He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
Fox News reports,
The guard, who was not identified, was shot in the arm and was conscious after the shooting and was in stable condition. The gunman, who also was not identified, was being questioned by the FBI, sources said. Sources said he is in his twenties.
The suspect "made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard," a source told Fox News. WJLA-TV7 reported the suspect was also shot.
Sources also said the gunman may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A, the embattled fast-food restaurant whose president came under fire from gay activists after he said he did not agree with same-sex marriage.
Once the guard took away the man's gun, the suspect allegedly said, "Don't shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for."
Apparently this is being treated as domestic terrorism by authorities, though the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office, James McJunkin, said that they do not know the gunman's motives.
Well, whether we call it terrorism or not is irrelevant. The suspect brought a gun in and shot at a security guard who was no threat to him. It seems that he committed a crime and will be tried for that, so labeling it as a "hate crime" or "terrorism" really is pointless.
However, it is curious that organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center refer to the FRC as a "hate group." Here's what they have to say:
The Family Research Council, which was recently designated as a hate group by the SPLC because of its dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians, has launched a campaign against the SPLC that includes an advertisement in two Washington newspapers.
Even as some well-known anti-gay groups moderate their views, smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at LGBT people.
These groups' influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the "facts" they disseminate about gay and lesbian people are often amplified by certain politicians and even news organizations.
Let's be clear why the SPLC calls the FRC a hate group. It's because they tell the truth about homosexuality and they defend traditional, biblical marriage. They attack a perversion of marriage that deviants in our society are attempting to force down our throats.
The FRC denounced the label of "hate group" in an ad back in 2010 along with several GOP governors and Congressmen. The ad read, "The group, which was once known for combating racial bigotry, is now attacking several groups that uphold Judeo Christian moral views, including marriage as the union of a man and a woman."
The FRC is not a hate group. It is those opposed to them that demonstrate the real hatred. Maybe we can show a little love and send the people at SLPC a Chick-Fil-A sandwich.
UPDATE: Christianity Today received an update from the FRC:
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Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments after an FRC security guard was shot this morning:
"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."