An FBI affidavit in the investigation of a shooting Wednesday at the downtown Washington, D.C., offices of the Family Research Council says the accused gunman uttered a statement to the effect of, “I don’t like your politics,” before reaching into a backpack for a handgun and opening fire.
Floyd Lee Corkins II, of Herndon, Va., 28, is charged with assault with intent to kill, in addition to federal firearms charges.
Corkins was wearing a white prison jumpsuit and showed no visible emotions or reactions at federal court Thursday.
Leo Johnson, an unarmed building operations manager, is being lauded by D.C. police as a hero for stopping and disarming Corkins before he could get into the building.
Surveillance video shows Johnson interacting with Corkins before he allegedly opened fire, striking Johnson in the arm. The security guard managed to wrestle Corkins to the ground and disarm him before he could get inside the group’s offices.
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I¹m concerned,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
Sources told Fox News that after Johnson disarmed Corkins, the gunman said: “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”
Johnson underwent surgery late Wednesday. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, visited the hospital and said the surgery “went well” in a statement to Fox News.
Corkins had volunteered recently at a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Two law enforcement officials said Corkins was carrying sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain whose chief executive¹s public opposition to same-sex marriage led to a heated national cultural debate, including boycotts and events held in support of the Atlanta-based chain.
Authorities say Corkins was carrying a 9-mm. Sig Sauer handgun that was purchased and owned legally, said Richard Marianos, special agent in charge of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Washington field office.
Corkins’ backpack contained 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, the FBI affidavit said.
Now, weren’t we most recently lectured to by the militant anti-gun types after the tragic Aurora, CO and Sikh temple massacres that you are much safer in cities that have the strictest gun laws? DC is the gun control capital of America, so doesn’t it stand to reason that – by that logic – yesterday’s attempted mass murder was not supposed to happen?
Related to all this, where was the condemnation by our President on this sick attempt at political intimidation by violence? Oh, that’s right – there wasn’t one from him himself. It came through a spokesman. Where were the howls of outrage coming from The Usual Suspect that the “angry and vicious rhetoric” of the last few weeks over Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage inspired a man to try and kill people with whom he disagreed?
It’s right here:
Liberal hypocrisy is, of course, nothing new, but some days it’s more grating than others and this is one of those days – and one of those incidents.
Leo Johnson is indeed a hero for stopping the gunman from committing multiple acts of violence and murder, and – like many – I am praying for him to have a quick and full recovery. But for the typical knee-jerk leftists who would have been all over this had the circumstances been different – I have nothing but contempt … especially for the idiots who claim the shooter was “driven to this” and “couldn’t help himself” due to the “right wing hating on gay marriage.” Really?