For those of you who may not have heard, there was a deadly mass shooting this morning at the Navy Yard here in Washington, D.C.
The story is still unfolding, but according to the latest reports, at least six people have been killed and ten more wounded. The person believed to be the lone gunman is dead, but police are investigating two additional potential shooters wearing military-style uniforms, who may still be at large.
Against this backdrop, the Family Research Council, an SPLC-certified anti-LGBT hate group, apparently thought it necessary and appropriate to hijack the story by reminding everyone that they were also targeted by a shooter thirteen months ago.
Josh Dugar -- one of the stars of the TLC reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting" and the president of FRC Action, the Family Research Council's lobbying arm -- tweeted this morning:
Duggar's unbelievably crass bid for attention was retweeted by FRC's main account an hour later, right around the same time that the Associated Press tweeted a photo of a man being airlifted out of the Navy Yard by helicopter.
The craven exploitation of a still-unfolding shooting story for political gain is classless enough, but it's made even more galling by the fact that the two situations are massively different. As blogger David Badash points out, in the FRC shooting (which the LGBT movement unanimously condemned even as FRC exploited it in an attempt to beat back its well-earned hate group designation), a lone gunman shot a security guard in the arm; mercifully, no one died. That was decidedly not the case this morning.
To in any way imply that last year's tragic Family Research Council shooting, as awful as it was, is remotely comparable to the horror and bloodshed that unfolded at the Navy Yard today is contemptible and reprehensible. I'd say that FRC ought to be ashamed, but by drawing such an outrageous comparison they've shown themselves to lack any capacity for shame whatsoever.
h/t: The New Civil Rights Movement.