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It’s only an “atmosphere of hate” if it’s useful to liberals

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Yesterday, the following was posted on the blog of the Human Rights Campaign, which describes itself as “working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights”:

GOP presumptive VP nominee Paul Ryan will speak at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit next month. The gathering is taking place in Washington, D.C. and is drawing other anti-LGBT names including Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. Liberty University and the American Family Association are among the other groups sponsoring the event.

The FRC has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It might be quicker to list the organizations the SPLC hasn’t labeled hate groups, but whatever. Break with liberal orthodoxy and you’re evil. Yes, we get it already.

Then today this happened, as reported by Caroline May:

A shooting occurred Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington, D.C….

WJLA-TV7 initially reported that two people were shot: a security guard and the suspect. Later reports, however, have been unclear about whether the shooter sustained any injuries…

A source told Fox News Channel that the suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard.” The FBI is treating the shooting as a case of domestic terrorism.

An organization that’s been vilified by the left gets shot up by somebody yelling about their policies. Ho-hum. Politically motivated shootings are only news when they can be twisted around to make conservatives look bad. Not much chance of that here.

But maybe I shouldn’t be so cynical. Maybe the national news will cover this, even though it has nothing to do with the Romneys’ clothes or hobbies or pets.

Here’s wishing that security guard, Leo Johnson, a speedy recovery. According to WaPo, he protected everybody else in the building from getting shot by this wackjob:

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard were asking him where he was going.

The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier said. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said. FBI officials said the guard was shot in the arm…

“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Lanier said. ”He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”


Oh. Am I still allowed to say that?

(Hat tip: Katie Pavlich)

P.S. Are you sitting down? “Federal officials said the suspect was carrying a backpack containing materials related to Chick-fil-A restaurants.”

P.P.S. The shooter’s name is Floyd Corkins.

Corkins is a volunteer at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. And he brought along a Chick-fil-A bag on his mission to shoot people at the Family Research Council. I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking: Tea Party.