White House Dodges Question of Whether FRC Shooting Was Hate Crime

August 16, 2012 - 3:33 PM

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The FBI will determine if the shooting on Wednesday at the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) was a hate crime, but President Barack Obama believes such violence has no place in society, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

“Yesterday, the president was informed about it by his homeland security advisor John Brennan,” Carney told reporters at the White House. “He’s very concerned about the victim, the person who was shot and made clear to me and relayed this to the pool that he firmly believes that violence of that kind has no place in our society. This goes to the greater discussion we’ve had about violence in America and the need to tackle it.”

A reporter followed up by asking if Obama considers the shooting a hate crime.

Carney responded, “Those kinds of determinations will be made by the FBI, and I know the FBI is part of this investigation.”

The Family Research Council is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage organization that on many fronts stands in opposition to Obama’s policies.

At about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, FRC security guard Leo Johnson was shot at the group's office in Washington, D.C.  The suspected shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins of Herndon, Va., was taken into custody.

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Alleged gunman Floyd Corkins is taken into custody outside the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 15, 2012. (AP Photo)

Corkins, for the last six months, had been a volunteer at the The DC Center for the LGBT Community. The FBI reported that a witness told the bureau agents that Corkins, while in the FRC lobby, "stated words to the effect of 'I don't like your politics.'"  An FBI affidavit further states, "Corkins' parents informed the FBI Special Agents that Corkins has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner."

The FBI also reported that 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches were in Corkins' backpack at the crime scene. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was recently chastised by homosexual activists and several public officials, including Chicago Mayor and former presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, for defending his Christian beliefs and stating that  marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney released a statement on Wednesday condemning the shooting.

“I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital,” said Romney. “There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today's horrific events.”