The Family Research Council released a video on Thursday of FBI agents interrogating Floyd Corkins, the man who shot a security guard at the FRC last August. Corkins, who plead guilty to three charges including domestic terrorism, said he found FRC on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website.
FBI: Now how did you . . . This building, this organization. Did you . . .
FBI: Did you, how did you find it earlier? Did you like look it up online?
Corkins: It was a uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists, uh anti-gay groups.
Corkins: I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website.
Corkins: Stuff like that.
The SPLC has listed the socially conservative FRC as a “hate group” for its opposition to gay rights.
Corkins — who was armed with nearly 100 rounds of ammunition — told authorities that he wanted to kill as many people as he could and smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces, the AP reported. At the time, Chick-fil-A was the subject of a boycott due to its president’s support for traditional marriage.
Corkins, according to the AP, wanted to make a political statement.
With the release of the video FRC President Tony Perkins said SPLC should stop labeling organizations “hate groups”
“The SPLC’s reckless labeling has led to devastating consequences,” FRC president Tony Perkins said in a statement. “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 wounded security guard, Leo Johnson, was injured in the attack and credited with thwarting the shooter.
FRC also released the security footage of the attack.