Shooting at Family Research Council Office Unveils a Hero

dc shootingAnother day, another shooting. That's what it feels like, doesn't it? The latest tragedy happened in Washington, D.C. A man in his late 20s entered the office of the Family Research Council around 11 a.m. this morning with a gun and several rounds of ammunition. When the security guard confronted him, the gunman shot the guard in the arm. Other security team members then detained the shooter and he's now in FBI custody.

The shooter's motive has not yet been released to the press, but one can speculate (but probably shouldn't) that he disagreed with the FRC, which is a conservative Christian lobbying group that recently stood by Chick-fil-A's stance; one that many people believed to be anti-gay marriage and anti-divorce.

The FRC says that it's all for faith, family, and freedom in public policy and public opinion, and is against abortion, euthanasia, and homosexual marriage. Clearly, some of their views are contentious to those who are a bit more left-leaning.

But all that political stuff and speculation about the shooter's motives aside, there is a silver lining to this story. The security guard is being touted as a hero for his brave and selfless action. Yes, he was just doing his job, but when someone comes in with a gun, I'd assume it's slightly difficult to resist the urge to hide under a desk and reach for a panic button you hope is there somewhere.

The guard is in the hospital and is reportedly doing OK.

Between the shooting in College Station, Texas, the Sikh temple shooting outside Milwaukee, The Dark Knight massacre, and this incident today in our nation's capital, it's hard not to wonder what the hell is going on.

Guess you just have to hope that the heroes will always outnumber the criminals, but really, not so sure anymore.

Are you taken aback by the number of shootings in the news recently?


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Pinkmani Pinkmani

CHEESE & RICE! We seriously need  to start putting the crazy people in the looney bin! 

RTPCa... RTPCarolina

Wonder why this isn't all over lame stream?

cmjaz cmjaz

He could have just had an ex girlfriend there. I'll wait to see what he says...if anything.

nonmember avatar Guest

Some different stories, two the same:

shooting in College Station, Texas,

-desperate reaction to an eviction.

the Sikh temple shooting outside Milwaukee,

-religious hate crime

The Dark Knight massacre,

-Lunatic being a lunatic

Family Research Council Office,

-religious hate crime

The last one appears to have been inspired by the usual overheated vitriolic hate rhetoric spewed by the left wing regarding Chic-Fil-A...

bills... billsfan1104

So its ok with you to assume that the shooter of Gabby Giffords was a right-winged nutcase, blame Rush Limbaugh for the Batman shooting and the list goes on. But the shooter in this case, noone is too assume anything. Practice what you preach from here on out.

bills... billsfan1104

Hey Lindsey, where is Bidens gaffe about how Romney is going put blacks back in chains?

shrim... shrimpmommy

People are shooting each other everyday across America! It is because of the economy and overcrowding!!! People are being stressed beyond repair.

MomIWant MomIWant

So we are not to assume this was a Religious hate crime, because from the tone of your article, well, maybe they deserved it?  When you wrote  "The FRC says that it's all for" you forgot to italics the "says", but fortunately the implication was blatantly clear. Amazing, completely, disgustingly amazing. 


bills... billsfan1104

Please update your blog Lindsey. Its coming out that he probably did this for revenge for FLC's thoughts on gay marriage. But I guess this guy is a hero to you, because he is sticking up for gays.

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