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FRC shooter may also have targeted the Traditional Values Coalition

By AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a second Christian conservative organization said Friday she was told by authorities that a note containing her group's contact information was found in the pocket of a man charged with opening fire at the Washington offices of another such group, wounding a security guard.

Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty said FBI agents visited her group's Capitol Hill offices hours after the Wednesday morning shooting as part of their investigation. The next day, she said, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force came by and confirmed that "our information was in his pocket," including the location of the group's offices.

"I was stunned," Lafferty told The Associated Press, adding that she believes her group may have been targeted.

It wasn't immediately clear if that was the case.

An FBI representative could not be immediately reached for comment late Friday.

The accused shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, of Herndon, Va., was ordered held without bond Thursday on accusations he opened fire in the lobby of the Family Research Council in downtown Washington.

Corkins, whose parents said he strongly supported gay rights, had a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he said words to the effect of "I don't like your politics" and shot a security guard, authorities said.

The guard was shot in the left arm but nonetheless managed to help take down the gunman, preventing what the police said could have been a deadly attack.

It wasn't immediately clear why Corkins, 28, had the chicken sandwiches.

Like the FRC, the Traditional Values Coalition has supported the president of Chick-Fil-A and his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.

Tony Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, hinted Thursday at a news conference that the FRC was not the only group targeted, although he did not elaborate.

"Maybe, going forward, you may find out more information that we may not have been the only one," he said.

While blaming Corkins for the shooting, Perkins also faulted the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization that tracks and litigates against hate groups. On its website, the law center labels both Washington conservative organizations as "active anti-gay groups."

Lafferty also was critical of the law center. "We have been on their hit list longer than any other group," she said.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, had called Perkins' accusation "outrageous." He said the council earned the designation for spreading false propaganda about the gay community, not for its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Lafferty said she has written Attorney General Eric Holder seeking protection for her group, but that authorities have not been responsive.

"Under this Justice Department, Christians are a very low priority on their lists of concerns," she said

Corkins had recently been volunteering at a D.C. community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He lived with his parents in northern Virginia.

Prosecutors requested a mental health evaluation, and Corkins' public defender did not address the allegations in court.

Corkins faces charges of assault with intent to kill and bringing firearms across state. The judge ordered him held pending a hearing next week.

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  1. longscoutComment by longscout
    August 18, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    As long as the MSM and press provide the southern Poverty Law Center and its quarterly lists with the credibility provided by being covered at all outside Nation or the New Black Panther Party magazine, then we shall all have to be on our toes to individually review those lists and come to our conclusions. All this week I have been asking those who have let slip to me that “…well they are a hate group” (in reference to the FRC and thus providing a false justification for the attack), I have challenged each whether they have reviewed the list to see which groups are included: not a one had. So little knowledge or capacity, so many presumptive opinons.

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  2. mutrockComment by mutrock
    August 18, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I have not heard anyone comment on the fact that this 28 year-old man was living at home with his parents. He also appears to be unemployed. I have seen no reports of a real job, just his volunteer work. There is no obvious cause and effect, only a correlation here but I cannot help but wonder how much the dramatic failure of our economy to employ the young generation in meaningful careers contributes to their overall dissatisfaction with life. Idol hands are the devil’s workshop.

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  3. sistertereseComment by sisterterese
    August 18, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Well folks, this is just the beginning. There IS going to be a cultural/civil war in this country and it is going to be between the marxist-left-wing dems and the conservative republicans (and anyone else who dares to hold traditional values). The oppression has already started in situations such as the histrionics over the Chik-Fil-A comment and anyone who even hints of opposition to the homosexual agenda. It really is frightening. This war is going to be fought in the public forum rather than on the battlefield–although it could come to that, too. This country was founded on the MAJORITY vote, but has become a country ruled by fear by leftist MINORITY groups. What is considered the most feared sin committed today? Why RACISM of course! And, the next worst sin would be HOMOPHOBIA! Who determines these things? Why the marxist media, of course! America is fast losing her moral compass and soul. Our “values” are now nothing more than communistic platitudes.

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  4. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 18, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Seems to me that Corkins may have been; Christophobic, and perhaps heterophobic as well! Sadly the “main stream media” seems to believe that those two phobias are “politically correct”.

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  5. CharieComment by Charie
    August 19, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    This downputting of Christian values or the skewing of them (Jesus was a Socialist) has been going on for a long time. Because there’s such emotion driven by these groups I’m surprised there hasn’t been actual violence committed by them long before this. Usually it’s only hysterical outbursts but I suppose it was bound to lead to this.

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