The nutjob crazy gay guy plead guilty. If you don’t know who I’m talking about don’t be shocked. The MSM ignored the case. Why? Well, because the crazy, nutjob gay guy shot up a conservative advocacy group’s headquarters on the suggestion of a liberal self-appointed watchdog the South Poverty Law Center.
I have little to add to what you’ve read from Ace, John Sexton, R.S. McCain, Erick Erickson and others. We’re all thinking the same thing — see Twitchy for proof — and we’re all correct: Why yes, this is eerily similar to the left claiming after Gabby Giffords was shot that Palin’s “crosshairs” election map inspired Jared Loughner. With two differences. First, Loughner was not, in fact, inspired by Palin whereas this guy, per his own plea bargain, did consult the SPLC website in choosing people to kill. Second, you’ll see zero coverage of this inconvenient entry in the canon of political hate in wider media because it can’t be used as a blunt object with which to bludgeon the right. Sometimes facts that undermine the Greater Good need to be politely omitted. That’s what responsible journalism is all about.
Prosecutors say Corkins, who had been volunteering at a center for gay, lesbian and transgender people, was carrying ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his bag. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president’s stated opposition to gay marriage.
Corkins intended to smear the sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents, he acknowledged during a hearing Wednesday…
In his plea agreement, Corkins acknowledged he identified the [Family Research] Council as “an anti-gay organization” by visiting Southern Poverty’s website. The head of the Council, Tony Perkins, called on the group to stop labeling his organization and others hate groups because of their stance on gay issues. A spokeswoman for the Alabama-based Law Center did not immediately return a telephone message…
“He targeted us because we had been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which we think is very reckless,” [FRC employee Leo Johnson] says.
What is the Southern Poverty Law Center? It is a group of hate filled liberals who threaten that if you don’t toe their line you’ll be identified as a hate group. SPLC has the ear of many groups and organizations including law enforcement. For years, I read their magazine and marveled that it seemed to limit its threat assessment to white conservative or right wing groups. I don’t remember reading about the Crips or the Black Panthers or MS13 or even ELF. But a white guy expressing his worry about the demographic changes in America and suddenly he’s the bad guy. Then it was Christian groups and anyone who didn’t embrace the liberal agenda.
They are a dangerous group because they refuse to see the other side and people like Corkins will believe their drivel and will act out. It’s one thing to say a group’s actions caused harm, it’s another to have the person who did the harm say he did it because of the other’s actions. I’m wondering when the civil suit will be filed.
Here is some more detail from the story.
“Were it not for the heroic guard who tackled Floyd Corkins, he could have succeeded in perpetrating a mass killing spree in the nation’s capital,” said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. “This case highlights the dangers of access to high-capacity magazines that allow killers to inflict carnage on a mass scale in the blink of an eye. Today’s guilty plea makes clear that using violence to terrorize political opponents will not be tolerated.”
Corkins acknowledged as part of his plea agreement that he had taken a number of steps to plan the shooting. He bought the pistol the week before and practiced firing it.
He also visited the headquarters of the Family Research Council, and he purchased the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches the day before the shooting. The plea agreement said Corkins was filmed picking out the gun by a French television crew doing a piece on the ease with which firearms can be purchased in the United States.
Corkins also acknowledged that he considered making a bomb but didn’t have the patience to do it. In his pants pocket, police found a handwritten list of groups that also oppose gay marriage. Lawyers did not include the list of organizations in the plea agreement.
Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges: interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed and act of terrorism while armed, a charge based on the shooting being intended to intimidate anyone who is associated with or supports the Family Research Council and other organizations that oppose gay marriage.
Hmm….Oh, and where is MSNBC and the others?
Missing as usual.
We live in an alternate universe. I call it “Mao’s world”.