If my headline was yesterday's headline, do you suppose NBC Nightly News would devote just 17 seconds to the story? Do you suppose CBS Evening News would offer 20 seconds on the story? Do you think 24 hr cable news channel CNN would take almost 3 hours to offer any kind of reporting?
No, to clarify, the above headline is not true. But what did happen in Washington DC yesterday might've easily slipped by you, if you get your news from these mainstream TV networks. A left-wing fanatic attempted to enter the DC offices of the Family Research Council, armed with a handgun and two extra clips. He was confronted by a staff member and shot the man. Despite taking a bullet in his arm, the staff member and others subdued the man.
Police arrested Floyd Lee Corkins, a volunteer at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. After he was subdued, he reportedly told the man whom he had just shot, "Don't shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for."
So we have, apparently, a left-winger going out with a gun with the intent to kill people solely because of their political views. Or perhaps just because they work for a political organization who's values he disagrees with.
To their credit, many LGBT organizationsincluding GLAAD, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equalityreleased a joint statement regarding 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.
The words seen in anonymous speech areas like twitter were often less sympathetic. I was not surprised at this. Often, when I give my conservative views, especially in the PW forum, I receive the same type of (usually anonymous) abuse. I am called hateful, a bigot, racist, etc.
As one commenter wrote yesterday on twitter, "Apparently, some of the NOH8 crowd isn't against hate at all -- they just want you to hate different people."