Washington, D.C. — A prominent Christian lobbying group has released footage of the homosexual activist who arrived at their headquarters last year with the intent to kill because of the organization’s pro-family views.
As previously reported, last August, Floyd Corkins III entered the offices of Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. with a 9 mm Sig Sauer pistol that he had purchased from a gun shop in Virginia. He was also carrying a backpack that contained two loaded magazines of bullets with fifteen rounds in each, and four boxes of ammunition were found in his car.
Corkins posed as an intern as an attempt to get past security, but the building manager, Leo Johnson, questioned the man about his destination. Corkins then reportedly began yelling about the policies of the organization and shot the guard in the arm as a way to get past the front desk.
Johnson immediately tackled Corkins and disarmed him. He was held until police arrived.
“Don’t shoot me, it was not about you; it was what this place stands for,” Corkins pled after his pistol was confiscated, according to eyewitnesses.
It was later discovered that Corkins had over a dozen Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack. He told investigators that it was his intent to “kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face.”
Family Research Council has now posted video footage of the incident online, along with concerning admissions from Corkins to the FBI, including his notation that he was motivated by a “hate group” list on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) website.
“How did you find [this organization] earlier?” an investigator asks. “Did you look it up online?”
“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins replied. “I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website, stuff like that.”
The footage, which has no audio, shows Johnson sitting at the front desk when he is approached by Corkins, who is carrying a backpack. The two appear to be having a discussion, and then Corkins lays his backpack on the ground and begins opening it. Johnson then stands up and moves closer to Corkins.
Within seconds, Corkins pulls out a gun, and Johnson thrusts his hand forward to avoid being shot in the face. After being wounded in the arm, he pursues Corkins across the room, and the two wrestle until Johnson holds Corkins down on the floor.
In announcing the release of the footage Thursday, FRC leader Tony Perkins condemned the Southern Poverty Law Center for being the catalyst of the attack.
“The SPLC’s reckless labeling has led to devastating consequences,” he stated. “Because of its ‘hate group’ labeling, a deadly terrorist had a guidemap to FRC and other organizations. Our team is still dealing with the fallout of the attack, that was intended to have a chilling effect on organizations that are simply fighting for their values.”
“The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has now been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court, should put an immediate stop to its practice of labeling organizations that oppose their promotion of homosexuality,” Perkins added.
The group still has not removed FRC from its website despite requests from the organization.