Shooter targeting Family Research Council wanted to “smear Chick-fil-A in their faces” after murders
This past August, the Family Research Council, an pro-Christian values nonprofit that promotes “faith, family, and freedom in public policy,” was the target of gunman Floyd Corkins who opened fire declared in the lobby of their DC headquarters. The professor wrote about how Corkins used the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups” in order to target the FRC, which was also singled out by the Human Rights Campaign for its defense of traditional marriage.
Corkins had 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack at the time of the shooting. Now the motive for the 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches has been revealed.
Court documents reveal that Corkins told the FBI he wanted to smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the faces of his murder victims. He also told them that he wanted to “kill as many people as possible.” CNS reports:
In an interview with the FBI following the shooting, as provided in the “Statement of Offense,” Corkins said that “(1) intended to enter the FRC that day to kill as many people as possible and smother Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces; (2) he intended to kill the guard who confronted him in the lobby (i.e., Johnson); and (3) he had taken substantial steps in the preceding week in furtherance of carrying out the crimes.”
As you may recall, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno declared war on Chick-fil-A after President Dan Cathy remarked that he supported traditional marriage. Moreno demonized the group, declared he wouldn’t allow them to open in his war, and then later recanted after being roundly shamed by advocates of free speech on both sides of the aisle. Moreno’s witch hunt also inspired the Chicago Occupy activist’s rant against a homeless man reading the bible outside Chick-fil-A, which I captured on video.
It may be tricky for the media to heap all the blame on Corkins’s gun, in this case.
Update — WAJ adds:
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) February 8, 2013
[Note – Title changed from “smother” to “smear” in order to accurately represent the court documents.]