Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said the shooting at the conservative Christian organization's Washington, D.C., headquarters was an act of terrorism, and accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of fostering the climate that allowed the crime to occur, reports Politico. “Terrorism is designed to intimidate and to drive people back and make them feel fearful. Well, that I believe would describe what they tried to do here [ ] at the Family Research Council and by extension to traditional value supporters, Christians across the nation,” Perkins told Fox News.
Floyd Corkins, 22, of Virginia, has been charged with assault with intent to kill for shooting a guard and shouting a political statement. Perkins noted that while he holds Corkins solely responsible for the shooting, he believes the Southern Poverty Law Center must also be held accountable for its “reckless” labeling of the the council as a hate group. Perkins said the law center is “responsible for creating an environment that led to [Wedneday's} shooting,” a statement the law center called “outrageous.”