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    FRC shooting suspect was volunteering at DC LGBT Community Center

    FRC shooting suspect was volunteering at DC LGBT Community Center

    It has just been confirmed that Family Research Council shooting suspect Floyd Corkins II had been volunteering at the DC Center for the LGBT Community for the past six months.

    From the AP:

    David Mariner is executive director of The DC Center for the LGBT Community. He says Corkins had been volunteering at the center for about the past 6 months. Mariner describes Corkins as “kind, gentle and unassuming.”

    Corkins, in his late 20s, is the suspect in the shooting that occurred in the lobby of the Family Research Council headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning. According to law enforcement officials, Corkins made negative comments about the FRC prior to shooting security guard Leo Johnson in the arm. Corkins also reportedly had a Chick-fil-A bag with him at the time.

    As of 6pm Wednesday evening, the White House has not released a statement regarding the shooting.

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    theduchessofkitty | August 16, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Today, someone got wounded and will probably be fine.

    Tomorrow, someone in some other Conservative, Christian or some sort of religious organization might get killed by one of those radicals in the name of “stomping out hate” or “marriage equality”, whatever that means.

    To every Conservative in the country: be vigilant. Watch. And be ready for anything.

    The guy is a nut job. This is a nutty, nonsensical attack. The FRC is a piddly organization, not the mouthpiece of any hate group. I can only imagine how horrified people at the LBGT center must feel now that they were working with a time bomb that could have gone at any moment towards any of them.

    I think the recent spat of shootings have shown a weakness in our system at identifying and treating mental illness, nothing more. Be aware even though it was a “liberal” doing this, they will use this as another excuse for gun control.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to imfine. | August 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      The FRC is a piddly organization, not the mouthpiece of any hate group. I can only imagine how horrified people at the LBGT center must feel now that they were working with a time bomb that could have gone at any moment towards any of them.

      You’re joking, right? You and I know that FRC is not the mouthpiece of any hate group, but according to the SPLC, the HRC, and the people down at the GLBT center where this guy was volunteering, the FRC is itself a hate group. That’s what they have been telling him, and he believed them; why wouldn’t he? He’s not some random nutcase like Jared Loughner or James Holmes, he had a specific agenda, and went after the people his friends told him were a hate group. So there is no chance that he could have gone off at them, and they know it.


     
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    Henry Hawkins | August 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    As GS notes, correlation is not causation. The 300+ million population of our country is made up of individuals, tiny groups, small groups, larger groups, all the way up to majority groups, plus one may belong to several groups, however one delineates them.

    I am:

    Male
    Lefthanded
    Very tall
    Rural
    Conservative
    Yankee by birth
    Southern by choice
    Gray haired
    Ponytailed
    Incredibly handsome by all acounts
    Not religious
    Baby boomer
    Financially comfortable
    Small business owner
    Clinician
    Father
    Husband
    Tea Party activist
    Etc.

    Were I to kill someone, which of the above – if any – is the motivating factor? What if “nuts” belongs on this list, but nobody realizes I’m nuts? Could a misapplication of motive(s) occur, caused by the subjectivity of the applier?

    In a country of 300+ million people, as a matter of simple statistics we’re going to have a lot of very troubled people, lethally troubled people. This era of instant news can make a shooting like the one in DC seem like it happened next door no matter where one lives. A false sense of the rate of frequency or prevalence can emerge, making one feel like society is falling apart. Three shootings occur in one month, but in a country of 300+ million free people, that is a very low number.

    Before I go attributing this DC shooting to leftist political thought I need to see proof this guy isn’t nuts as well as a gay activist. What he did is nuts by definition no matter what his beliefs or motives are (if not by the legal definition of insanity).

    If being a liberal leftist alone makes one prone to violence, and about 20% of 300+ million people are liberal leftists (60+ million), where is the evidence for all the violent outbursts by leftists this assertion predicts? Not saying the evidence isn’t there, just saying I haven’t seen it.

    To pounce on a leftist shooter and ascribe his guilt to all leftists is to play the leftists’ own alinskyite games and I refuse to do it. Empirical evidence I’ll accept in a heartbeat. I don’t have it.


       
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      gs in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      The Left’s quasiMarxist insistence on force-fitting people into victim or oppressor categories, i.e. “classes”, is trouble in the making. The implications will be sweeping if research establishes significant differences among the Left’s mandated categories. The implications would be minor if our culture’s emphasis were on treating people, whenever possible, on their individual characteristics.

      Past “research” along related lines has an unsavory history, to put it mildly. Nevertheless, John Derbyshire claims that such issues will be revisited with the tools of modern biology. He says that the work will be done in Asia even if it is politically blocked in the West.


         
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        Henry Hawkins in reply to gs. | August 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        It is very possible that genetic research alone will produce replicable results that are grossly politically incorrect in the west. The ultimate reduction of this clash is basically idealism vs realism, or the truth vs the truth as we (they) wish it to be.


           
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          gs in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

          Physicist Stephen Hsu has been involved with such research and posts about it on his blog. He is, correctly IMO, restrained about drawing sweeping conclusions:

          An astute commenter asks why we should oppose race-based decision making, if there is real correlational information to be had from ethnicity. I offer two reasons: 1. this country has a bad record on race, and striving towards a race-blind society is worth some small sacrifices, 2. the evidence for genetic group differences is not conclusive and should be treated with great caution.

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