Guard shot at anti-gay Family Research Council headquarters

LGBT organizations are quick to denounce Washington DC shooting

Guard shot at anti-gay Family Research Council headquarters
15 August 2012

A security guard was shot in the arm at the offices of the anti-gay Family Research Council in Washington DC on Wednesday (15 August).

The gunman may have disagreed with the organization’s socially conservative views, according to various reports.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the Washington Post that the man was confronted by the guard at 10:45 am.

‘The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard,’ Lanier said. ‘The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.’

Neither the identity of the guard or the gunman has been released.

‘The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,’ Lanier said. ‘He did his job. The person never made it past the front.’

Some media outlets, including Fox News, are reporting that the gunman may have been carrying a bag of food from Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast food chain under fire for its millions of dollars in donations to anti-gay organizations and its very public stance against gay marriage.

More than 40 LGBT organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Family Equality Council, Freedom ti Marry, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, National Stonewall Democrats and Log Cabin Republicans, quickly teamed up and released the following joint statement condemning the shooting:

‘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.’

Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, has also released a statement: ‘Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as `hateful’ must end.’
 

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