Remember when Jared Loughner shot Gabrielle Giffords and the left (I’m looking at you Matthew Yglesias) started blaming Sarah Palin because Giffords was targeted for defeat on Palin’s website?
When the facts finally surfaced, we learned Loughner was crazier than Corey Feldman’s dad in “Stand By Me” and had a long standing preoccupation with Giffords and the map on Palin’s site had nothing to do with his actions.
Not so much with the Floyd Lee Corkins II, the man who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council. He admitted he used the map on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website to choose his target:
The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group’s opposition to gay rights.
Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three charges including a charge of committing an act of terrorism related to the August 15, 2012 injuring of FRC’s guard. He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center’s website for ideas.
At a court hearing where his comments to the FBI were revealed, he said that he intended to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” The shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his support for traditional marriage, angering same-sex marriage proponents.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that the Southern Poverty Law Center should take responsibility for the shooting and take down their hate map.
That’s crazy talk. Thinking a leftist organization will hold themselves accountable exposes either an ignorance of leftist history or an unwillingness to accept reality.
No one will hold SPLC responsible, especially themselves. It’s not how the left works. And as of this writing, the Hate Map is still live.