Family Research Council Shooter Floyd Corkins Facing Terrorism Charges

This week, the Virginia man arrested for shooting a security guard inside the Washington, DC, headquarters of the Family Research Council has been indicted by a grand jury on terrorism charges that are being utilized for the first time.

Floyd Lee Corkins was arrested in August after opening fire on the anti-gay lobbying group’s ground floor and hitting guard Leonardo Johnson in the arm. Corkins’ sexuality hasn’t been reported on, but he was volunteering at a local LGBT center at the time of the attack and carried Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack when he entered the building. During the assault, he told Johnson,”don’t shoot me—it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”

On Wednesday Corkins, who earned a Masters in education from George Mason, became the first person to be indicted under the the District’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, which criminalizes “acting with the intent to intimidate and coerce a significant portion of the civilian population of the District of Columbia and the United States.”

That indictment alone carries a possible 30-year sentence, but Corkins was also charged with attempted murder, second-degree burglary and carrying a firearm across state lines.

So far, he is pleading not guilty to all.

“The terrorism indictment announced today makes clear that acts of violence designed to intimidate and silence those who support natural marriage and traditional morality violate the law and undermine the security and stability of our form of government,” said FRC president Tony Perkins. “We again call on organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop its reckless practice of labeling organizations that oppose their promotion of homosexuality. The SPLC’s `hate’ labeling of Christian organizations is fostering a dangerous and deadly environment of hostility and it needs to stop.”

Using pretzel logic to politicize a heinous act by a disturbed individual—there’s some great family values right there.