Homosexual activist planned mass murder at evangelical group’s HQ
Published: September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON — Prosecutors called it the “ultimate disrespect for free speech,” trying to silence those with whom you disagree by killing them.
Chief U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts agreed, sentencing homosexual activist Floyd Lee Corkins today to 25 years in prison for attempting a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
The judge could have sentenced Corkins to as much as 45 years.
The defense argued Corkins should only get 11-and-a-half years because he was suffering from mental illness. However, the prosecution outlined to the judge how Corkins used his treatment for mental illness to clear his head in order to carefully plan and execute his crime, step by step.
On Aug. 15, 2012, a heavily armed Corkins walked into FRC headquarters and began shooting with the intention of killing “as many people as I could.”
He managed to shoot and injure just one person, facilities manager Leo Johnson, who is credited with heroically stopping the attack.
Corkins admitted he picked FRC because the organization was listed as an “anti-gay” hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center on its website.
FRC promotes traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs about the family and homosexuality, but SPLC claims the organization’s “real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians.”
Corkins, a former volunteer at an LGBT community center, pleaded guilty to terrorism.
FRC President Tony Perkins told WND he is satisfied with the verdict because “it sends a message this is unaccecptable.”
Perkins told the court that if not for Johnson’s heroics the incident could’ve been “another Navy Yard”, referring to the shootings that killed a dozen people in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
A video shows Corkins entered the building and approached Johnson, then leaned over to place his backpack on the floor. When he straightened up, Corkins pointed a semi-automatic handgun directly at Johnson and fired. Despite being wounded in the arm, Johnson was able to subdue Corkins after a brief struggle.
Prosecutors said Johnson has endured a long and slow recovery, including surgery on his arm, which will never be fully functioning again, and treatment for blood clots.
When WND asked Johnson if he was satisfied with the verdict, he said he would withhold comment for the time being.
In addressing Corkins during his victim impact statement, Johnson said he forgave him and hoped he would find peace. Johnson said that if Corkins did not believe in God, he urged him to seek Him out.
Corkins fingered the SPLC as his inspiration during an interview with the FBI.
Asked how he picked the FRC to attack, Corkins stated, “It was a, uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists, uh, anti-gay groups. I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website, stuff like that.”
“Floyd Corkins admitted his intention to ‘kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face,’” FRC explained. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has thus far refused to remove Family Research Council as a ‘hate group’ from its target map.”
At the time of the shooting, Chick-fil-A was in the headlines because of its president’s opposition to gay marriage.