The gunman who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C. office carried 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition, according to the FBI.
Talking Points Memo, a liberal publication, reports the FBI said Floyd Corkins, the shooter, had “a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, two additional magazines loaded with ammunition and an additional box of 50 rounds of ammunition when he came into the building.”
Consistent with initial reports from Wednesday, Mr. Corkins, according to an FBI affidavit, allegedly said, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting a security guard attempting to detain him.
Corkins’ parents also told the FBI that he had “strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner.”
There are clear political motivations at play. The shooter worked with an LGBT group. His parents said he had “strong opinions” against those he thought did not fairly treat — or perhaps, hated — homosexuals. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the left-wing organization that released a tepid statement after the shootings, labeled the FRC a “hate group” for advocating pro-life and pro-traditional marriage views. Chick-fil-A has been at the center of a mainstream media controversy because its owner expressed his views in favor of traditional marriage. Mayors of liberal cities — in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. — all made comments suggesting they would ban Chick-fil-A from opening business in their cities.
On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, ran a story on a blog about Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s appearance next month at the Values Voters summit, which is sponsored by the FRC, titled “Paul Ryan Speaking at Hate Group’s Annual Conference.”
And yet, the mainstream press has not covered this incident — and the political connections — with as much intensity as shootings with weak or no political connections in which they falsely implicated conservatives and the Tea Party.
As many have noted, imagine what the coverage would be like — even if the incident, unlike the FRC case, was random and without political motivations — if just one letter was different at the organization in which the shooting occurred.
Had the shooting happened at the HRC (Human Rights Campaign), the pro-gay rights organization, instead of at the FRC, the media would be incessantly covering this incident.