The man who opened fired at the D.C. offices of the Family Research Council this morning has been identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Virginia.
His motive remains unclear, though it’s alleged Corkins—who wounded security guard Leo Johnson—said “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for,” before being tackled by guards.
If the reports surrounding this incident are true, it brings together several political hot-button issues into one bizarre and violent incident: gun control, Chick-fil-A, gay marriage, and a new twist on America’s culture wars.
Or it could just be an insane person too demented to have what one could call a coherent political ideology, as was the case with the Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page, whose only ideology was hate. Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated FRC as a hate group because of its fervent anti-gay stance.
There have also been reports Corkins was carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A when he opened fire. We can just see this leading to his lawyers pioneering the chicken-sandwich defense.