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August 16th, 2012
07:21 PM ET

Blame game escalates in aftermath of Family Research Council shooting

OutFront tonight – the blame game.

Just one day after Floyd Lee Corkins shot a security guard at the office of the conservative Family Research Council and allegedly said "I hate your politics," FRC President Tony Perkins is pinning the blame on groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has officially labeled the FRC a hate group.

The SPLC, which monitors hate groups and bigotry across the country, fought back this evening, releasing a statement that blasts the FRC for comparing their "legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society" to a call for violence.

Now there is quite a history between these two groups. The SPLC did indeed place the FRC on its "hate watch list" in 2010, but today the group reiterated it was because the FRC spreads "false and denigrating propaganda" about LGBT people, not because of the group's political opposition to same-sex marriage.

The FRC was also a vocal supporter of Chick-fil-a during the controversy over its strong support for "traditional" marriage. This is important, because in addition to the gun and ammunition recovered from the shooter, police found 15 Chick-fil-a sandwiches in his backpack.

This afternoon, Corkins was charged with assault with intent to kill and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition. Here to discuss are Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the FBI; CNN Correspondent Sandra Endo, and CNN legal contributor Paul Callan.


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