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Family Research Council Shooter Floyd Corkins Was Volunteering at D.C. LGBT Center

Some additional details regarding the man who shot a security guard earlier today at the Family Research Council, via the HuffPost:

CorkinsCorkins had been volunteering for about the past 6 months at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, said David Mariner, executive director of the community center, which is in Northwest Washington. He usually staffed the center's front desk on Saturdays, and his most recent shift was about two weeks ago.

"He always struck me as a kind, gentle and unassuming young man. I'm very surprised that he could be involved in something like this," Mariner said.

Though authorities did not publicly reveal a motive, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum condemned the violence, with some casting it as a hate crime.

"Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as `hateful' must end," Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement.

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  1. I agree with Terry in that I'm not surprised something like this has happened, only surprised it has not happened sooner.

    Violence is wrong, but violence begets violence and after all the countless news stories of Anti-gay assaults, killings, property damage, harassment, intimidation and just plain discrimination it was only a matter of time before violence is revisited on the oppressors.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Aug 15, 2012 8:20:23 PM


  2. These people never needed proof about how they are the "victims" and we are the violent ones but giving them evidence isn't wise or helpful.

    Posted by: Mickey | Aug 15, 2012 8:24:33 PM


  3. No-one should be supporting Floyd Corkins. What he did was out of line. Period. Shooting people is not the way to go about making your voice heard. With THAT being said, it is a FACT that this is a reaction to the hatred of anti-gays. Thus, there is no comparisons here that can be made in any form, when it comes to acts of violence and psychological warfare, in regards to what we have to go through, and what anti-gays/social conservatives perpetrate against our community. They have ATTACKED our community in the most egregious of ways, and someone finally snapped. Surprised it didn't happen sooner, and don't be surprised if doesn't happen with more regularity going forward. There is only so much some can take before they go crazy.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 15, 2012 8:28:00 PM


  4. I also agree it was just a matter of time. When you keep turning up the pressure, something is going to blow. Why is it so damn hard to not learn from history? Instead we must repeat it over and over again. And shame on this country's leaders for letting this drag out so long.

    Keep up the hate FRC, Focus on the Family, NOM, etc., and see what happens next. Spinning your anti-gay marriage into pro-marriage, give me a break. That's like saying I'm not anti-christian, I'm just pro-lion.

    And it's not just about marriage. What makes you better human beings than gay people? Absolutely not a f---ing thing! You make a living at ruining other people's lives. Christian my ASS. Equality for ALL!

    Posted by: castaway | Aug 15, 2012 8:33:50 PM


  5. I think the biggest frustration that will come from this is what every intelligent mind knows and expects - that they'll use this ONE incident as proof of their victimhood, despite continued years ignoring the alarmingly-high statistics of outright violence against LGBT people.

    we can get beaten. we can get murdered. we can have the youngest members of our community driven to suicide at a disproportionately high rate.

    they get one bullet in an arm.

    i don't like violence. but it hardly seems fair.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 8:40:10 PM


  6. And another thing, I'm sad this young man did what he did as it has changed his life forever. I don't condone this but how much provocation can people take? Instead of committing suicide like so many before him, he pointed the gun forward. Had he offed himself, FRC or Brian or Maggie wouldn't have given a rat's ass.

    Posted by: castaway | Aug 15, 2012 8:41:40 PM


  7. Go back just ONE year through all the stories on Towleroad and similar blogs and tally up all the attacks, vicious beatings, and murders. Look at the official numbers for anti-gay violence which doesn't even count the places that refuse to keep track of anti-gay violence.

    Now tally up all the people in the united states who have been attacked merely for being Christian.

    Brian Brown can go screw himself. The only thing that fat turd has to worry about is a heart attack.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 15, 2012 8:52:36 PM


  8. If it's completely out of the blue and out of character for Floyd to act like this, and he has no 'history', then for whatever reason he snapped. He of course should be checked for the onset of serious mental illness like paranoid schizophrenia. Like James Holmes, he's around the right age.

    Sounds like the guard will be OK and fully recover, but extreme violence like this traumatizes everyone at the scene and involved.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2012 8:54:35 PM


  9. The evil gay terrrrorists are out to get us!

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Aug 15, 2012 8:55:44 PM


  10. Sucks.. I hate the stupid right wing spin, and also that one of our activists was so deeply misguided. Hey Andy, how about posting some positive news to balance it out?

    Not everyone who volunteers is violent-
    http://tinyurl.com/gay-youth-activists

    and they have quite a bit to explain for themselves- http://tinyurl.com/attacks-from-the-other-side

    Posted by: mel | Aug 15, 2012 9:13:16 PM


  11. "It was just a matter of time until somebody snapped with the constant hate speech and derogatory and threatening rhetoric coming from FRC."

    Only a matter of time? WTF? How many decades has there been homophobic rhetoric, homophobic violence, etc. from the right and the gay community has NOT responded in kind? Which is the right thing to do, btw.
    There are over 2000 anti-gay hate crimes a year. If this is the first anti-fundie hate crime by a gay person EVER, and it appears it might be, so be it. But I don't think "only a matter of time" is the right way to think about it. As I've implied before, the right will trot this out for the next decade as a reason to be aggrieved. We can't give them that sort of ammo. (no pun intended)

    And, not to get too crazy, but per the plotline of multiple televised forms of entertainment (Sherlock, Unforgettable,etc.) one can manipulate a weak mind into doing something. This so perfectly fits this summer's "the right wing is under assault" narrative, I'll remain suspicious until its conclusively proven (and it may never be) that he acted alone.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 9:27:31 PM


  12. Brian Brown can now find a face saving way to retire because his group is getting nowhere.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 15, 2012 9:41:51 PM


  13. Red the 2nd page of comments that I hadn't seen earlier.
    RB - you have a point that he could have been mentally ill. Unfortunately, at this point, it's too late for the political ramifications to be contained. The dweebs on the right are going to be all broadcasting all over their echo chambers about how this is a sign of a some armed leftist insurrection LOL. The gay activism community needs to get out there on the cable shows and underscore than violence is not part our "platform".

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 9:47:48 PM


  14. I am not sure what is more depressing, this news item or some of the comments. Anyone even casually justifying someone being shot is a pretty abhorrent person, in my opinion. The man he shot was likely some low wage security guard. It astounds me that anyone can justify someone going on a shooting rampage.

    Posted by: Eivar | Aug 15, 2012 9:59:54 PM


  15. His evil action should be unconditionally condemned by all.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 15, 2012 10:25:56 PM


  16. The only thing Brian Brown has to worry about is being outed.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 15, 2012 10:33:54 PM


  17. It was only a matter of time before someone a little nutty went off the deep end.

    You cannot attack people, call them subhuman, call for their permanent marginalizing under the law, gleefully torture them into despair or suicide as teens, and not expect one of them to eventually crack.

    Is it horrible that the guy went on a shooting spree? Absolutely. Does that validate the haters' agenda? Not any more than some guy with a gun at KKK headquarters would validate the "race debate" that the "pro-white" groups wish to advance.

    Posted by: Not Surprised At All | Aug 15, 2012 10:51:08 PM


  18. I'm sorry but something does not add up here at all.

    Let's say, any of us decided we've had enough and snapped so we grabbed a gun and headed to FRC. Would ANY of us shoot a security guard? He's a hired man, he has NOTHING to do with the ideology at FRC. Why not wait to find someone who was actually involved with FRC and shoot them?

    Also, this guy was a desk clerk, if I read it right, and therefor knew the "front men", ie desk clerks, security guards, etc, etc, weren't really at the core of the organization.

    Think about it. If you were going to go plant a bomb, would you go drop it off at the corner by a garbage can or would you place it smack in the center of the building where it would do the most harm.

    Sorry, but my intuition tells me this guy was paid off to do this. Maybe it's conspiracy theory 101 but why in the hell would you shoot the hired help when you could just as easily shoot the head of the household?

    btw2, I'm not advocating violence but let's be realistic here. Do those who go shoot up abortion clinics just go shoot the front desk clerk or do they hunt down the doctor?

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 15, 2012 11:28:40 PM


  19. One last note, I'm inclined to say this was an inside job at FRC because IF FRC was going to pay someone to do this, the security guard, ie someone that doesn't actually have anything to do with those at FRC, would be the one person they would sacrifice.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 15, 2012 11:32:01 PM


  20. A young Jewish man in Paris was fed up when his parents and uncle were deported from Germany because they were Jews.

    So he killed the German ambassador.

    This was 1939.

    What did the Germans do?

    They burned every Jewish synagogue and business in Germany, beat up thousands of Jews and killed many they beat up.
    This was the beginning of the Holocaust.

    Minority groups can not afford vigilante murderers.

    FRC is advocating the same things the Nazi party was advocating for, but I strongly condemn this young man's immoral violence.
    I hope they throw the book at him.

    Posted by: Jean-Pierre Katz | Aug 15, 2012 11:35:34 PM


  21. If only FRC hadn't insisted on flaunting that lifestyle in everyone else's faces. They were attracting all that negative attention and acting out, it was only a matter of time before something happened.

    (I am being sarcastic -- the above is what FRC types say whenever an openly gay or trans person is seriously assaulted or killed).

    Posted by: Such A Shame... | Aug 15, 2012 11:55:22 PM


  22. VERY well said, Jean-Pierre Katz. I tried to make the same point in a previous thread, but less eloquently.
    If you know an LGBT person who feels that any kind of violence against our enemies is the right path to take, please, get them help.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 11:59:35 PM


  23. It's depressing to see one voice of reason and intelligence for every ten here; we have EVERYTHING to lose, and so little to gain by emulating our enemies.

    Signed

    A proud, anonymous gay man who isn't impressed by gay bullies that pretend to be for the diversity they so actively suppress, at every opportunity...

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 16, 2012 1:59:38 AM


  24. Violence DOES solve problems sometimes. But it's pretty rare. And this fat slob certainly can thank his lucky stars that he was a terrible shot and a terrible hand-to-hand combatant, because he may not go to prison for the rest of his life.

    Posted by: Yeek | Aug 16, 2012 1:59:51 AM


  25. It's weird, and more than a bit sleazy of NOM to use this incident to blame the gays for The Southern Poverty Law Center (correctly) listing them as a hate group.

    Something about this seems engineered to me.

    Am I paranoid ? Yeah, a little, but they're really after me, aren't they ?

    And how is it that NOM can use this incident to say that they are "pro marriage" ? They're against MY marriage, yet MY marriage doesn't impact them in ANY way.

    Crap, now I feel like shooting someone there.

    Posted by: Buckie | Aug 16, 2012 2:37:58 AM


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