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Floyd Corkins may get 45 years in prison for SPLC-inspired shooting

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If you don’t know who Floyd Corkins is, that’s just how our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media want it. They agree with Corkins politically and hate the people he intended to kill, so it doesn’t really count as politically motivated violence. It doesn’t fit the narrative.

But they can’t stop you from finding out about him. Naomi Jagoda at the Washington Examiner reports:

Prosecutors recommended in court papers that the Herndon man who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council be sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Floyd Lee Corkins II went to the conservative organization’s Chinatown-area headquarters on Aug. 15 with the intention of killing as many people as he could, according to court documents. But his plan to commit mass violence was thwarted by Leonardo Johnson, a security guard shot by Corkins.

Corkins pleaded guilty in February to three charges, including committing an act of terrorism while armed…

On the day of the attack, Corkins encountered Johnson, the security guard, in the Family Research Center’s lobby. Corkins pulled a gun and was pointing it at the guard when Johnson charged Corkins. Johnson was shot in the arm during the struggle. Though injured, Johnson wrestled the gun away from Corkins and subdued him until D.C. police arrived, according to court documents.

Following his arrest, Corkins told FBI agents that he had planned to kill as many people as possible at the research center and smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces, court documents stated. He said that he wanted to commit these acts to make a statement against the research center employees because the organization opposes gay marriage.

Yet another terrorist act that the left can’t blame on the Tea Party.

This guy didn’t kill anybody, fortunately, thanks to the brave actions of Leonardo Johnson. But if, as we were told in January 2011, Sarah Palin created an “atmosphere of hate” by putting up the Magic Voodoo Map that somehow made Jared Loughner shoot Gabby Giffords and a bunch of other people — regardless of whether he ever actually saw that map — why don’t liberals and the media (PTR) bear any responsibility for this? Why isn’t it their fault for whipping up such a frenzy over Chick-fil-A for daring to disagree with them? Why don’t they get any of the blame for the actions of this madman?

Because they just don’t, that’s why.

Speaking of maps, Corkins used this one to find the Family Research Center’s headquarters in DC (click to enlarge):

That’s the “Hate Map” on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s site. You may have heard of the SPLC, because whenever a shocking act of violence makes national news, they’re among the many talking heads who leap in front of the nearest TV camera to blame the right wing. We saw it just this past week, as the SPLC predicted that the Boston Marathon bombing was the work of one of the dreaded “right-wing hate groups” they’re always babbling about. Once again, they were wrong.

And yet here we have a murderous, politically motivated lunatic, Floyd Corkins, who was directly inspired by the SPLC’s rhetoric and was pointed to his target by their map. It’s exactly what so many people accused Palin of doing, except this time it’s actually true.

And they don’t have anything to say about it. Why isn’t any of this their fault?

Because it just isn’t, that’s why.

Beginning to notice a pattern?

SPLC: Sending People to Liquidate Conservatives.

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds)

Update: The Daily Mail has pictures of the crime scene from the US Attorney’s office. This one is especially illuminating:

Corkins wasn’t delivering lunch. He was going to rub those sandwiches in people’s faces after he shot them. Because he was told to hate them, and to hate the people who made the sandwiches. If that doesn’t indicate the “atmosphere of hate” our friends on the left are always complaining about, I don’t know what does.

Update: Tim Blair has more teabagger-blaming news, this time from Australia. Why a teapot and not, say, a scimitar? Because shut up, that’s why.