April 29, 2013
Floyd Corkins, 28, learns his fate July 15 when he returns to federal court in the District of Columbia for sentencing following his Feb. 6 guilty pleading to three felonies, including interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed, and committing an act of terrorism while armed. He could be sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
Even if he gets only half that much time in jail, Corkins will forever be known for entering the Family Research Council’s Washington headquarters on Aug. 15, 2012, and firing three shots before being subdued by a wounded security guard. He had planned to kill as many people as possible, then smear their faces with the 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches he brought along for the occasion. Why? He told federal investigators that he wanted to “make a statement against the people who work in that building … and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A.”
For a variety of public policy and theological reasons, the FRC opposes gay marriage. S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s founder, has often made clear his agreement with FRC. So in the name of tolerance, Corkins attempted the ultimate act of intolerance — imposing the death penalty as punishment for holding a particular political or religious view.