Does a watchdog group that monitors "hate" groups bear any responsibility for Wednesday's shooting of a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council in Washington? Some conservatives seem to think so.
According to the Associated Press, the suspect in the shooting is Floyd Corkins II, who had volunteered for a local gay rights group. The FBI said he had 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A in his backpack. Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A because of its chief executive’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
Trying to link a political group or political rhetoric to violence is a familiar ploy for liberals and conservatives alike. This time the connection is being drawn by the National Organization of Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage.
Brian Brown, the group's president, said that the shooting of the security guard by someone who worked as a volunteer for a gay rights group "is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as 'hateful' must end. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a 'hate group' for its pro-marriage views, and less than a day ago the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling FRC a 'hate group' -- they even specified that FRC hosts events in Washington, D.C., where today's attack took place."