Washington, DC—Today, Richard W. Roberts, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, sentenced Floyd Corkins II to 25 years in prison for attempting a mass shooting at the Family Research Council on August 15, 2012. On February 6, 2013, Corkins pleaded guilty to three felony counts in federal court, including an act of domestic terrorism.
“Today’s sentence reminds us all of the fragility of freedom,” said Mathew Staver, Chairman, Liberty Counsel Action. “We live in a country that was founded on the concept that all men are created by God and are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Among these rights include the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of one’s conscience. What Mr. Corkins sought to do that day was to deprive others of that right,” Staver added.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recklessly labeled the Family Research Council as a so-called ‘hate group,’ because it affirms marriage as one man and one woman and because it states someone with same-sex attractions can change. Using SPLC’s ‘hate map,’ Corkins went to Family Research Council with bags of Chck-fil-A sandwiches which he intended to rub in the faces of the people he intended to kill. SPLC must act responsibly and remove the ‘hate’ label from peaceful organizations. It is irresponsible to label nonviolent organizations as ‘hate groups’ simply because you disagree with their message. SPLC represents the height of intolerance, and its irresponsible act provided the map for Corkins to set out on a killing spree. We are free to disagree with one another while still respecting their human dignity. We need peaceful and respectful dialogue,” Staver elaborated.
Staver explained, “In spite of this senseless act of violence committed by Mr. Corkins, I am moved by the courage and faith of Leo Johnson, the security guard who was shot while ultimately stopping Mr. Corkins’ attack. In court today, Leo turned to Mr. Corkins, looked him in the eye, and said, ‘I forgive you.’ The grace exhibited by Leo today is an incredible example to us all and a great reminder of Christ’s love on the cross.”
Liberty Counsel Action is a 501(c)(4), nonprofit, grassroots lobbying organization advancing religious and civil liberties, the sanctity of human life, the family, limited and responsible government, national security, and support for Israel.