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Fox News alert brand new reaction to the shooting at the family research council council headquarters in Washington DC yesterday.
Just minutes ago the suspected gunman made an appearance before a federal judge.
The 28 year old suspect is Floyd -- -- -- He walked into the FRC headquarters.
And reportedly said quote I don't like your politics.
Or something to that -- according to police before he shot a security guard.
Despite being injured that same security guard then wrestled the gunman to the ground.
That's security guard name is Leo Johnson and he is being hailed across the country today as a hero as he recovers in the hospital.
The FBI investigating -- infinite now as possible domestic terrorism.
Meantime the debate is now intensifying within conservative circles and actually beyond.
About whether FRC family research council having been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and identified as such by others more recently.
May have contributed.
To this attack.
Joining us now for a Fox News Channel exclusive is Tony Perkins president.
The family research council Tony welcome back to the program.
Hey Megyn good to be with you this afternoon.
-- our condolences on what happened at the FRC yesterday and -- an injury to.
This guard Leo.
We understand that he's doing all right is that true.
Galileo is doing it doing well alive and I -- I want to express my appreciation to those literally from around the world that in -- Communicating with us that they were praying and they were concerned for Leo and for our entire team I was -- -- last night about midnight when he came out of surgery -- -- -- Leo is not a uniformed armed security guard and has been they've been described as security -- he's actually our buildings operation manager and the kind of wears a double -- of the security -- he's unarmed.
In what happened as you describe this man comes in.
And has a gun Leo.
-- despite being wounded.
On arms of the man and holds them until others can come in the police can come so it truly was historic.
Heroic effort as we know now that the into a businessman.
Were more clearly evil and to do massive damage here and of course -- He had he entered the facility with a nine millimeter handgun -- two additional bags of ammo on him.
They -- he also reportedly had fifteen sandwiches from chick -- on him and we'll get to the implications of that in the moment but it does appear Tony.
That he meant to inflict serious.
Damage with in the walls of your facility.
Is that what you believe is well.
Well had committed.
Let me be very clear here that Floyd cork -- -- was responsible for the wounding of one of our colleagues among my friends yesterday here at -- family research council but I believe he was given a license to do that by a -- such -- the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Who as you pointed their alert earlier labeled us a hate group because we defend the family and we stand for traditional orthodox christianity.
And I -- I'm gonna tell you Megan there's no room for that.
And -- in a society that.
Such as ours that is governed by a constitution.
And where we shape our walls.
Elections -- through public policy debates again and I think it's time for people to realize what the Southern Poverty Law Center is doing with their reckless.
Labeling of organizations that they disagree -- I know that you actually you were unhappy with that designation and you asked.
For a debate.
With that with the Southern Poverty Law Center is my understanding about that label.
What was their response.
Here's what you're getting from me.
Silence they didn't say anything because here's India here's a treatment if they don't want a debate that's what this is all about it's about marginalizing and ultimately silencing those they disagree with the -- just us they did it -- they actually did this up in the state of Minnesota with the parents group that was defending a policy that the school board had adopted.
Sclc comes in file suit against the school board the parents defended.
And they slap a label of hate group on them so that it marginalizing.
Them and of course the media repeat that every time they talk about these groups that that marginalize.
His individuals and groups and and it opens up for people who are not right to that are imbalance like.
-- who comes in and and we literally had the intent of killing people here yesterday and and I'm not saying that the Southern Poverty Law Center is responsible for the shoot it.
Perkins is responsible for the -- they are responsible for creating an environment.
That led to yesterday issues.
You know -- I wanted to that we invited the southern part -- -- to come on as well they they declined.
That as of this point at least.
But but -- you make the link because you know the Southern Poverty Law Center can -- that label back in 2010.
And this is the first time anything like this has happened and we have crazy and evil and awful individuals in this society.
Who are prone to violent.
So you know is it fair even though you may not like the charge.
By the popular -- is it fair to to to engage in any linkage.
I think if this would have happened a week after that label came out I think you're right I think it would have been inappropriate to make that linkage but this has been that over two years now and we what we've seen as an escalation of that term used every time someone opposes.
Whether it's same sex marriage or some other policy and of course that's been in the news in the last two weeks with chick filet.
They the whole chick -- appreciation day and mr.
-- support for traditional marriage.
And then there was this series of reports that have been circulating around the country that chick -- supports the family research council a hate group.
-- a certified hate -- I should say by the southern poverty -- -- that appeared in stories all across America now let me say chick -- gave us about a thousand dollars a few years ago they clearly have not been -- -- support of the family research -- we certainly invite their support as other groups -- other individuals.
Whose rights we stand for and defend but that it was clearly part of -- -- let me say.
Based upon the evidence would suggest that that is part of the contribution of what led.
cork and to do what he did yesterday as you pointed out he had fifteen chick filet.
In his backpack along with fifty rounds of ammunition that's not to originally what you walk out to have a picnic lunch -- And I want to point out too that that there has been a joint statement issued by 25.
Lesbian and gay bisexual transgendered leaders.
-- -- glad saying that they they were saddened to hear of this news of the shooting.
That their hearts go out to the victim's family and is co workers and talked about how regardless of what the motive was here they reject and condemn such violent wishing him a swift.
-- and I appreciate that we have had a number of civil conversations with those on the other side of the issues that we work -- and I appreciate -- speaking out clearly against such violence if there's no room for -- -- -- society such as -- if we want to have differences -- opinion that's fine but let's let's debate the issues -- -- all the -- -- -- on the table and let's shape -- public policy accordingly let's not use intimidation must not -- acts of terrorism to try and -- portions of -- Our public.
Do you think this was an act of domestic terrorism as the FBI is now investigating.
Well it may actually I spent about five years working with the State Department anti terrorism back in the ninety's in training.
Foreign police officers and anti terrorism some somewhat familiar with what terrorism is terrorism is designed to intimidate.
And to drive people back and make him -- fearful.
Well that I believe would describe what they tried to do here yesterday at the family research council and by extension.
Two traditional values supporters Christians across the nation but I -- tell you it's not gonna work we're not going anywhere we are more committed today than we were yesterday.
To defending and advancing faith family and freedom here in our nation's capital will continue to be a voice for people across the nation who share these concerns in these values.
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