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FRC shooter held without bond, ordered to undergo mental evaluation

Thursday, August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition as a result of Wednesday’s shooting incident at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington.

Corkins, a volunteer at the DC Center for the LGBT Community for the past six months, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

Floyd Corkins, during his arrest on Wednesday.

In the incident, Corkins allegedly tried to gain access to the FRC headquarters by posing as an intern, and after complaining of the conservative group’s policies, brandished a 9 mm handgun when confronted by Leo Johnson, the FRC’s building operations manager, who also serves as security for the organization.

Johnson and Corkins reportedly engaged in an altercation, before Corkins fired, striking Johnson in the arm.

Wearing a white prison jumpsuit and standing between two U.S. Deputy Marshals, Corkins stood quietly as Kay read the charges against him and ordered him held without bond ahead of another hearing scheduled for August 24.

Replying in a soft voice to Kay’s question if he had adequate funds to pay for an attorney, Corkins told the judge that he did not.

“I have about $300,” Corkins said.

Kay assigned Corkins a public defender and ordered that he undergo a mental evaluation.

Law enforcement sources told LGBTQ Nation Thursday that the investigation is ongoing, and that further charges may be forthcoming.

Johnson was in stable condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday night.

The Family Research Council, which bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” has been labeled an anti-gay “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has designated the organization a “hate group” for making “false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science.”

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  1. We need more guys like this, the right has their nutballs, we need ours, they want to terrorize us, and harass us? we need to harass them right back, end of discussion…

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:21pm
  2. You sound like a friend of mine who said if there was a LGBT version of the IRA, she would join it in a heartbeat.

    We’re outnumbered and they have the weapons. I’m no pacifist myself, but facts are facts. Violence wont solve this and I refuse to lower myself to the level of my enemies. That is exactly what they want so they can justify their hate and fear.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:32pm
  3. No

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:33pm
  4. No we don’t. If we harass them or harm them the way they do us, we give them power over us. They can throw it back in our face and take away what legs we have to stand on. Killing people is never an option unless it’s a matter of life and death.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:41pm
  5. No, this just looks bad on everyone else. There are fanatics on the right as well as the left. It accomplishes nothing but making everyone look bad. This shows a bad light on the community. I think it’s wrong and cannot stand by something like this. Nor do I stand by any vandalism that is done for the cause. It’s wrong. I believe myself and many others to be above this kinds of thing.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:51pm
  6. Are you kidding me? How does that work? Shooting people, vandalizing property.. People like this are not the ones helping anything- they are only causing setbacks. We are trying to get equality, and show people that the LGBT community are not made up of psychotic “perverts” set out to ruin the world. The people who really want to make a difference- are getting their point across, by showing tolerance, awareness, and educating others. You can’t fight fire, with fire, because it can only end badly. This man needs to be mentally evaluated, and I hope he does jail time for this. He might have been targeting a religious hate group- but that doesn’t entitle anyone to lash out, and show violence- it is unnecessary, and ridiculous.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:13pm
  7. No Gerald, no. I do not agree that we should ever harass or use any form of violence. As much as i detest their bigotry, we are BETTER than this. We shouldn’t use violence or “eye for eye” stuff. All we need to do was debunk their lies and provide facts. Harassing or using any violence against them is just going to make things worse and that would be precisely what they want. Remember, these people WANT us to be angry and aggressive. They want us to prove them right. They think we’re terrorists, monsters, pedophiles and some disgusting shit. We’re not and the best way to prove them wrong is by providing evidence and facts, not being aggressive to them, They don’t care about facts or who we are. But by attacking them, would make people be afraid of us and believe their lies. That will mean they, the bigots, win.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:14pm
  8. “An eye for an eye” leaves everyone blind. Violence is not the answer!

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:18pm
  9. I’m just worried that this just the beginning. I was afraid that at some point people would start to fight back in kind against the violence from the far right. Hopefully this is an isolated instance. If we get into a situation of tit for tat violence between the left and right… well, what the hell do we do if the war of words turns into gun battles?

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:23pm
  10. all ya’ll talkin bout how this sort of violence is unnecessary and ridiculous are just keeping a system goin that’s already full of violence. we HAVE violence. DAILY. it’s not about the force or the aggression itself, it’s about who’s being hurt and WHY.

    stop delegitimizing rage. stop pushing yer morals on those of us who want to fight back.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:23pm
  11. Yes- there is violence daily. I am not saying there isn’t. But people do not need to add to it. And it isn’t just my morals- it is something that will benefit everyone in the long run. This whole thing is going to come crashing down, because people can’t contain themselves… You think it is completely acceptable, to go into a building, and fire at people with a gun? If you truly think that is okay, then you are just as crazy as this guy. Wow..

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:28pm
  12. Violence is never the answer. However, it just seems like we are putting up with too much. We should never go back to the way it used to be. “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair” MLK

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:30pm
  13. ok Danica, FRC is just a hate group that promotes hate and lies, but using violence against them is precisely what they want. I want us to prove to the world that we’re just like everyone else and that we’re not what they say we are. They can say whatever they want, but as long as we show the world, “Hey, they’re lying and here’s the facts; we’re just like every person living their own life, loving each other as friends, families, lovers, and comrades. So where is their evidence for what they say?” They’ll paint us as evil, but all we shall do is show them, “How so?” If we give them nothing, then they’re a joke and everyone will see that. Then no one will listen to them and that is where we win. How can you scare people with lies when we can show facts and truth? They can’t force us to be scary or be what they want to paint us as, they have nothing and people will see that.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:30pm
  14. Again, yer talking about added violence, like it’s the violence itself that’s the issue. we have violence that’s directed at the poor, at queers, at radicals, etc. What we don’t have is enough violence directed at the people and institutions that create those inequalities and perpetrate those oppressions systemically.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:32pm
  15. Danica, you can fight back without guns. By using violence, we are just giving them what they want: a logical reason to take away our rights. By remaining peaceful and fighting with words instead of guns, what can they say about us other than “they said mean things to me!!!” By using a gun, this man only fueled their hate-filled fire and gave the right-wing nutjobs ANOTHER reason to hate ALL LGBT people, regardless of our personal views.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:32pm
  16. Who was it who said “An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind”…..

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:34pm
  17. So Danica, you’re saying we need more bloodsheds? I disagree. That will only serve them and set us back 30 years. African American rights weren’t won by slaughtering racists left and right. But by peaceful protests. What do you think the pride parades are, drive thru shootout?

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:35pm
  18. So why reciprocate it?! What is that going to solve? Yeah- let’s prove a point, by stooping to their level, and they’ll give us what we want in no time! How about everyone grab a gun, go somewhere, and shoot everyone that doesn’t agree with you. We have more than enough violence- what people need to do, is not use violence, and actually use other resources that would be far more effective

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:36pm
  19. I’m sad this man felt this was right. It’s not how we win.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:37pm
  20. Now THEY’RE the victim. Thanks a lot you stupid faggot.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:40pm
  21. “ok Danica, FRC is just a hate group that promotes hate and lies, but using violence against them is precisely what they want.”

    pretty sure they don’t want to be shot up or have their sense of security shattered. false.

    “I want us to prove to the world that we’re just like everyone else and that we’re not what they say we are.”

    also, false. there is no “us” and “just like everyone else.” Just cause you’re LGBT doesn’t make you just like another LGBT, same as straight.

    “If we give them nothing, then they’re a joke and everyone will see that. Then no one will listen to them and that is where we win.”

    So you want to wait it out? IT GETS BETTER? fuck that mentality; fuck waiting on it; fuck not fighting for what is ours.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:41pm
  22. Dylan…he’s obviously got mental issues. I don’t think a person of sound mind/judgement would reciprocate or go down to their level. Two wrong, don’t make a right.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:42pm
  23. “Danica, you can fight back without guns.”

    yeah. most of the time you end up dead or locked up.

    “By using violence, we are just giving them what they want: a logical reason to take away our rights.”

    No. That’s viewing “rights” in their fucked up sense of the word. There is no logic in taking away LGBT or queer “rights” just cause we’re fighting back against the VIOLENCE THEY ARE PERPETUATING.

    “By using a gun, this man only fueled their hate-filled fire and gave the right-wing nutjobs ANOTHER reason to hate ALL LGBT people, regardless of our personal views.”

    But that’s it, they DON’T HAVE any logical or legitimate reasons to hate all lgbt people. They are ridiculous shitheads.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:45pm
  24. @Albert- I couldn’t agree more. Did I say something suspecting that I feel any different? I think the man is mentally unstable, and I think that spreading physical violence, is ignorant, and brain dead. And @Danica you are poorly misguided, and very wrong. I hope you change your way of thinking- because it is people with that type of thinking, that is going to ruin everything.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:45pm
  25. “So Danica, you’re saying we need more bloodsheds? I disagree. That will only serve them and set us back 30 years. African American rights weren’t won by slaughtering racists left and right. But by peaceful protests. What do you think the pride parades are, drive thru shootout?”

    Not true. Re-learn your history. There were hella riots and militant folks kickin’ ass. It definitely wasn’t all prayer and peace and sit-ins.

    And I think pride parades are stupid, assimilationist bullshit. I don’t want equality on their terms.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:48pm
  26. “So why reciprocate it?! What is that going to solve? Yeah- let’s prove a point, by stooping to their level, and they’ll give us what we want in no time!”

    Why should they give us anything? TAKE IT FOR YOURSELVES. Why are you talking like they’re gonna be in charge forever? Because you keep talking in a way that claims ALL violence is bad. That’s so fucked up!

    “We have more than enough violence” –yeah, and it’s definitely not being directed at the right people.

    Look, I would never walk into the FRC and shoot a guard in the arm. That ain’t my style. But I’m not gonna talk shit about some dude who has legit reasons to being raging, and I’m definitely not gonna spout all the crazy bullshit all ya’ll keep running off bout how all violence is fucked.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:52pm
  27. Danica, i’m not saying “Wait it out.” I’m saying we should be presenting ourselves as who we are. It’s not false that this is what they want, they want to see us as evil monsters. By actually showing violent acts, will prove them right. Yes they have no reasons to hate, but that’s just it. They were raised to believe in bigoted lies as bigots before them. True no one wants to be shot up, but doing so just makes them go, “SEE! SEE! Them f**s are violent just as we said!” By doing this we lose our rights and people will listen to these bigots rather than facts. When i’m saying, “us” or “Like everyone else” i’m clearly talking about we’re just people living our lives. Danica, by using violence, we’re showing people that LGBT are violent people that want to shut anyone up for disagreeing with them. That is not going to help us win for equality. There are many of us presenting our videos on youtube that LGBT people are good people too, there are blogs presenting facts and evidence to debunk the bigoted lies, and there are people out trying to educate the minds with facts. That is what is helping us better than violence.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:55pm
  28. Danica, i think you need to chill out. You’re acting like we’re supposed to act like barbarians and take the head of those above and be the top. That’s not going to work. we’re not living in the bronze age. Also, we are winning this fight and it’s not by being aggressive lunatics. So chill out.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:59pm
  29. “And @Danica you are poorly misguided, and very wrong. I hope you change your way of thinking- because it is people with that type of thinking, that is going to ruin everything.”

    Lol. I think the same thing about you. Show me where I’m wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
  30. I just did Danica. You’re too blind with anger. Your mind is clouded.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:02pm
  31. COINTELPRO tactics have been alleged to include discrediting targets through psychological warfare; smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment; and illegal violence, including assassination.[3][4][5] The FBI’s stated motivation was “protecting national security, preventing violence, and maintaining the existing social and political order.”[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:07pm
  32. “Danica, i’m not saying “Wait it out.” I’m saying we should be presenting ourselves as who we are. It’s not false that this is what they want, they want to see us as evil monsters. By actually showing violent acts, will prove them right.”

    Ok. How does violence prove that anyone is an evil monster? Does killing a rapist or nazi scum mean that I’m evil? Does protecting my friend by fighting a crazy cop make me a monster?

    “By doing this we lose our rights and people will listen to these bigots rather than facts.”

    No. People listen to bigots because they are also bigots; THEY CHOOSE to not listen to facts.

    “Danica, by using violence, we’re showing people that LGBT are violent people that want to shut anyone up for disagreeing with them.”

    NOOOOO. One person shooting someone does not mean LGBT are “violent people.” That doesn’t make sense. So you want us to keep tryin to make sense to people who are chock full of nonsensical bullshit? Obviously they’re dumb and they don’t get it anyway.

    “…there are people out trying to educate the minds with facts. That is what is helping us better than violence.”

    I am totally down for education. ALL FOR IT. But if that’s the only thing we got then we’re going nowhere. It’s not like we haven’t already had all the facts and shit on our side 4eva.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:10pm
  33. “Danica, i think you need to chill out. You’re acting like we’re supposed to act like barbarians and take the head of those above and be the top. That’s not going to work. we’re not living in the bronze age. Also, we are winning this fight and it’s not by being aggressive lunatics. So chill out.”

    Lol. I’m laughing my ass off with my friend and playing Zelda. You are silly. Damn, you’re even put off by a seemingly aggressive tone.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:24pm
  34. I’m thinking something else. Two words: Northern Ireland. By the end of “The Troubles” the two sides weren’t fighting for rights or dignity. They were just wanting to hurt each other. And in the process killed 3,000 people. It’ll take at least another generation for that area to heal. By fighting fire with fire, we open that can of worms. They shoot at a temple, we shoot at a FRC headquarters. Then they shoot at a gay community center, we shoot at a Christian bookstore. How long before the sides are trading bombings at rallies? This is not a road to even joke about going down, not as tense as the political climate is.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:38pm
  35. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi’s methods worked.
    Malcolm X and the IRA didn’t.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:01pm
  36. even when we disagree with them, shooting them is not the answer.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:09pm
  37. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi’s methods worked.
    Malcolm X and the IRA didn’t.”

    That’s a blatant lie. Damn, why do so many people believe the bullshit they were fed in school?

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:12pm
  38. The Family Research Council lies and now they are paying a price. Sad that this crazy person (unless he was paid to do it by the FRC) has to do such a terrible thing. I hope that he finds peace, and I hope they find that the FRC is putting themselves at risk by lying to the public about their intentions.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:12pm
  39. “Ok. How does violence prove that anyone is an evil monster? Does killing a rapist or nazi scum mean that I’m evil? Does protecting my friend by fighting a crazy cop make me a monster?”

    FRC are not rapists or nazi scum. They’re just bigots running their mouths off. That isn’t the same. I’m not saying that one is a monster for using violence, I’m saying Tony Perkins will use an aggression as “evil monster.” They want to scare people into seeing things their way. By going in guns ablazing or whatever will just pretty much destroy our fight for equality.

    “No. People listen to bigots because they are also bigots; THEY CHOOSE to not listen to facts. “

    Actually, they just listen to what people tell them. They may not have chosen to be hateful bigots, but they listen without thinking for themselves. This is why we need to educate them, not act like brutes.

    “NOOOOO. One person shooting someone does not mean LGBT are “violent people.” That doesn’t make sense. So you want us to keep tryin to make sense to people who are chock full of nonsensical bullshit? Obviously they’re dumb and they don’t get it anyway.”

    I never said it makes LGBT a violent person, I’m saying that the FRC will twist that incident and smear the lie onto the rest of us. Dianca, for many, many years people believed the lies and the hate. People have now begun to see the truth and the facts. People do change and they can see reason. We have to give them that reason. We have to show them who we are. Not go guns blazing, especially because some people are dimwitted. We have gotten so far and the people are starting to wake up to the reality. All was not lost. Years ago there was Jim Crow laws of segregation. What happened to that? Oh, it’s gone and people are waking up. There were laws against being gay. Where’s that in the US? Oh, it’s gone. We got states that legalized marriage, we got states that allow us to have jobs and not be fired for being gay. Yes these states are few, but it’s growing and more and more are seeing sense. Years ago people are anti-gay and now more are supportive. All is not lost. Countries have legalized same-sex marriage. Think about that before you start screaming about how they ought to be harassed and violated.

    “I am totally down for education. ALL FOR IT. But if that’s the only thing we got then we’re going nowhere. It’s not like we haven’t already had all the facts and shit on our side 4eva.”

    No, you’re not for education. You’re for violence and force and control. Also, knowledge is power and it has done more good for our side than not. It may not be the only thing we can do, but aggressive behavior isn’t one of them.

    “Lol. I’m laughing my ass off with my friend and playing Zelda. You are silly. Damn, you’re even put off by a seemingly aggressive tone.”

    I’m sensing you’re failing to hold yourself up. You got nothing. So tell me Dianca, what exactly do you think we ought to be doing? What do you think your decisions would accomplish? You’re not listening to reason, you’re focusing on anger which is clouding your judgment. I’m not angry. I’m just providing you some answers. I find it amusing you think I am showing some aggressive tones. When I am writing this to you, I feel content and calm. You on the other hand are not.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:14pm
  40. “That’s a blatant lie. Damn, why do so many people believe the bullshit they were fed in school?”

    Sorry, but that’s the truth. Martin Luther King has helped accomplish equal rights for African americans by peace, not violence. MLK didn’t go killing people or organized people to kill one another who don’t agree with them. Same for Ghandi.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:19pm
  41. The Hatfield and McCoys hated each other till the grave nothing was accomplished but early death for to many.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:54pm
  42. ANYONE WHO DOESN’T SUPPORT THIS SHOULD BE SHOT.

    “Who was it who said ‘An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind’…..”

    A homophobic pacifist moron.

    “Sorry, but that’s the truth. Martin Luther King has helped accomplish equal rights for African americans by peace, not violence.”

    That’s a blatant lie. Read some fucking history, even from his own group, who said the only reason anything changed is the actions of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. Or read the facts about how the only cities MLK was effetive in were the ones where people rioted after his talks, rather than sitting down peacefully.

    “Same for Ghandi.”

    Gandhi was a racist, sexist, authoritarian, counter-revolutionary murderer who didn’t change anything. The Indian militants were the ones who kicked out gandhi’s beloved brits, while he begged them to stay.

    Don’t talk history you don’t know.

    All positive changes were brought about through violence.

    “LGBT people are good people too…”

    NO WE’RE FUCKING NOT. STFU, assimilationists.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AwleFxtAxU

    96% of the commenters here are brainless heteropatriarchal fux.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9:14pm
  43. Genifer, one) You have anger issues. 2) Everything i said is true. Calling us brainless is so sad. I think you’re flustered because you can’t back up anything. If you think violence and aggression will earn us equality, i feel sorry for you.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9:25pm
  44. Mark, that’s the dumbest thing ever. No one has ever said it should be our rights. Human rights are human rights and no one should be excluded. That is not hypocritical.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:41pm
  45. what they are too stupid to hire security? They have to use their building’s operations manager, as security. Oh wait he’s probably the only one in the organization that isn’t an inbred and has two teeth?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:56am
  46. Much as I despise the FRC and their legacy of hate and fearmongering, a nutcase is a nutcase. NO individuals on either side of these kinds of debates deserve to be killed, especially if they are volunteering or in a paid position in an office for the organization.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:34am