Today there was a shooting at the Family Research Center, a faith-based social conservative political organization. A security guard was the only person wounded in the attack, thankfully. The FRC is well-known for its opposition to gay marriage and support for other socially conservative causes. Unfortunately, the it does appear that the shooting does in fact have a political motivation.

District of Columbia police are investigating a shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Councilthat injured a security guard Wednesday morning.

The alleged shooter, whose name was not released to media by mid-afternoon, entered the conservative group’s downtown Washington building and opened fire. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the guard a hero for subduing the shooter who allegedly expressed disagreement with FRC’s views. Investigators have not determined a motive.

“We don’t know enough about him or his circumstances to determine what his connection is to this group [the research council] or his mental state, or what he was doing or thinking of doing,” said James McJunkin, the head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “So we’re going to try to sort this all out, pull the evidence together, do all the interviews we can.”

A law enforcement official said the gunman carried a bag containing a Chick-Fil-A bag; the fast-food company’s leader recently expressed views against same-sex marriage similar to those embraced by FRC.

Instead of seeking to exploit this act of terrorism for political gain, a coalition of LGBT organizations has put out a statement condemning this attack.

We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.

The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence.  We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.

Unfortunately, not all Americans were as gracious as the LGBT groups.

Regardless of political opinions and where we stand on the issues, can we all agree as Americans that violence is not an acceptable political tool? This is the difference between America and a country like Lebanon where political differences sometimes result in gunfights. We as Americans have always agreed to agree to disagree and peacefully acknowledge our differences. Yes, let’s vigorously debate the issues but we need to remind ourselves at the end of the day, it’s just politics. It’s not really anything to go kill each other or destroy each others property. That is called terrorism.

 

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