...gunman Floyd Corkins isn't responsible for attacking the Family Research Council yesterday.
Corkins wounded security guard Leo Johnson in a shooting spree he committed at the conservative Christian organization's headquarters Wednesday. He was armed with a 9mm handgun and had two magazines, 50 rounds of ammo, and 15 Chick-Fill-A sandwiches. And therein lies the rub.
Corkins act of violence was apparently motivated by liberal politics. He sympathized greatly with the gay community (it's unknown at this time whether Corkins himself is gay). He recently volunteered at The DC Center for the LGBT Community and, according to a statement made by his parents, had "strong opinions" about people who opposed gay rights. As we all know, Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fill-A, recently went public with his support for traditional marriage. The Family Research Council received a small donation from Chick-Fill-A a few years ago and has been certified a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That, apparently, was all Corkins needed to target the group.
Using liberal logic, the Southern Poverty Law Center and everyone else who indulges in "hate group" rhetoric are really to blame for Corkins' crime. Labeling an organization a hate group clearly sends the message that that group, and the people who comprise it, don't belong in society, doesn't it? The steady mantra of "Hater! Hater! Hater!" flung at supporters of traditional marriage creates a climate of intolerance towards those people, doesn't it? It sends, doesn't it, the message that traditionalists, especially the Christian ones, can and even should be treated with the utmost disdain. And it's a only a small step from disdain to gun violence, is it not? Using liberal logic, the answer is a resounding, yes!
So Corkins' political crime isn't really his fault. He was virtually forced to do it by the climate of anti-Christian hostility created by liberal "hate group" and "bigot" rhetoric. Who's to blame for the shooting at the Family Research Council? The Southern Poverty Law Center is to blame. The Human Rights Campaign is to blame. NOW is to blame. Dan Savage is to blame. Barney Frank is to blame. Hollywood is to blame. Everyone and every group who share Floyd Corkins views are to blame. Using liberal logic, you can't conclude anything else.