Floyd Corkins Charged In FRC Shooting As FBI Investigation Continues

FloydCorkinsA little update on the FRC shooting: Authorities held Floyd Corkins on an assault with a deadly weapon charge after the 28-year old allegedly shot a security guard at the Family Research Council's DC HQ yesterday. Meanwhile, the FBI's investigation took them to the LGBT center where Corkins volunteered on weekends.

"The FBI was just here, and we are cooperating with them fully," the center's executive director David Mariner told BuzzFeed yesterday. He also told the site they are "shocked and appalled" by the shooting.

As the FBI looks into a specific motive for Corkins' alleged actions, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage went ahead and said the shooting is directly related to the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center and allied organizations consider FRC a "hate group."

"Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” said NOM president Brian Brown yesterday. "'For too long national gay rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as ‘hateful’ and ‘bigoted.'"

Fred Sainz from Human Rights Campaign said Brown's remarks are "irresponsible" and "spurious," telling The Hill, "That’s about as irresponsible as anything I’ve ever heard in Washington. They have zero facts to go on. They have no idea who this individual is, what his motivation is, or where he’s coming from ideologically."

As is typically the case in such politically charged situations — see Jared Loughner — it's most likely civil matters weren't on Corkins' mind yesterday, regardless of his past political ties or allegiances, and claiming otherwise is like playing judge, jury and executioner for a case that is not even close to trial.


  1. AJ says

    Is it legal to spit on someone? I don’t want to talk to him, don’t want to say a word, I don’t want him dead or glitter-bombed. I just want to SPIT on that closet case Brown.

  2. esperando says

    Spitting is a form of assault, unfortunately. I’ve fantasized about it myself. I find it especially ironic that they draw a connection between the 100% accurate hate-group label the FRC has earned and the violence yesterday, but refuse to draw any connection between FRC’s hateful propaganda tarring all LGBT people as pedophiles and the thousands of violent attacks our community endures year in and year out. It is also beyond frustrating that the media continues to obfuscate this issue by framing the shooting and SPLC’s designation as all about their opposition to ssm; can they even be bothered to look at FRC’s website? You can find false charges of pedophilia against the LGBT community in less than two minutes there.

  3. says

    Well, another option; if you don’t want to be labeled as a Hate Group, you might consider the option of STOP HATING.

    Just sayin’…

  4. endo says

    If Floyd Corkins is charged with a hate crime, that would put an end to the hate crime debate.

  5. Polyboy says

    FRC is still a hate group and the mainstream media is too stupid to compile a hit parade of the lies and distortions they’ve heaped on gay people over the last decade alone.

  6. MJDNOLA504 says

    Don’t forget that the Stonewall Riots started with an act of violence and it wasn’t until then that people started to take us seriously. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  7. Jay says

    I do not condone the violence. Nobody, regardless of how evil, vial, or reprehensible they (or the group they are involved with) are should be the target of violent actions.

    And Mr. Brown…I agree with you: We must stop labeling NOM as a hate group. And we will…

    As soon as NOM stops the relentless and basless attacks on LGBT Americans that lead to numerous deaths each year at the hands of individuals who take your words and turn them into action. Not one life, not even one arm should be taken for granted…and when you stop taking for granted the lives that have been lost and that will continue to be in jeopardy because of your rhetoric, we will have no choice but to stop doing likewise.

  8. MateoM says

    Senator Bullsh*t, the self-promoting troll. If you think the only thing the FRC is guilty of is failing to offer full support of marriage equality then you’re as stupid as your blog.

  9. Arthur says

    This is indeed a terrible incident of violence. I have never condoned violence against any group no mater how hateful they are. The FRC being labeled a hate group has nothing to do with this incident. Labeling FRC a hate group is a non-violent act of free speech that is far less insidious and underhanded than the false witness FRC puts out. FRC promoted hate towards the LGBT community long before being labeled as such. As long as they continue to promote hate they take the risk of reprisals from individuals who are injured or attacked as a result of their un-christlike rhetoric.

  10. Charlie says

    I can tell you from my recent experience of grand jury duty that a grand jury will be taking testimony on this case tomorrow. This will be a relatively easy case to investigate since witnesses won’t be reluctant to testify for fear of being branded a ‘snitch’. There will be at least three charges brought, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of unregistered ammunition. Plus there will likely be a hate crimes enhancement of the penalty. There may also be enhanced penalties for attacking a law enforcement officer, which may apply since it was a guard that was shot. There will be a videotape of this happening and maybe multiple cameras in the lobby. There will be lots of tapes of him walking toward the building that the grand jury will see but I imagine that will not be used at trial.

  11. andrew says

    The actions of this pathetic man should be condemned by all Americans. No Spin. Just condemnation!!!