Wednesday, August 15, 2012
There was a shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., today. See below for details:
A security guard at the Family Research Council was shot and wounded Wednesday morning after a scuffle in the lobby of the group’s headquarters in downtown Washington, authorities said.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard were asking him where he was going.
The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier said. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said. FBI officials said the guard was shot in the arm.
The shooter is in FBI custody and has not yet been charged, authorities said.
I know the security guard who was shot. I used to work in that building about 10 years ago. He’s a good man.
There are some reports that the shooter may have been upset at FRC’s pro-family agenda, which includes supporting traditional marriage. We’ll see how it plays out but if true, it really is a sad statement about our society that people will use this type of means to settle ideological disputes.
Mitt Romney had this statement:
“I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital. There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today's horrific events.”
Former Family Research Council President Gary Bauer and the current president of American Values made the following statement:
"We at American Values are heartbroken at the news of a shooting today at the Family Research Council. FRC is an outstanding organization. We know it is a faith-based organization, and we join many friends across the country in prayer for the victim and his family, as well as for FRC's dedicated staff, many of whom are close friends.”
"Sadly, there are press reports that the alleged gunman opened fire after expressing his opposition to FRC's pro-family, pro-life beliefs. These are views that are widely shared by good and decent Americans across the country. Yet in recent years we have seen a disturbing level of intolerance and hate aimed at those who share traditional values, whether it is vandalism at churches or against businesses whose owners embrace traditional values, or today's shooting at the Family Research Council. I hope and pray these initial reports are incorrect. The values of the Family Research Council -- pro-life and pro-family -- are shared by millions of Americans of many backgrounds, and should not make anyone a target of violence."
"Men and women of faith must not be intimidated into silence. I am proud to stand with Tony Perkins and the FRC staff. We will proudly continue to fight the good fight for family, faith and freedom!"
While Paul Ryan will no doubt help energize the conservative base for the fall campaign, here’s the real issue: Will the Romney/Ryan ticket be ready for the battle over Medicare?
They will have to convince independent and undecided voters that their future plan for Medicare makes sense. This is not an easy sell. You can’t just trot out the line about how your grandkids future is at stake. You have to go beyond that.
Picking Ryan is a bold move for sure but it could ultimately be disastrous if the campaign doesn’t have a real and yet simple effective communications message about how to sell the future of Medicare to the American people.
Time will tell.
Big News! The Brody File Show will be picked up nationwide by the ABC Family Channel. It will air our 30-minute weekly show starting Friday, Aug. 24. It will be seen at 9:30 a.m. across the country.
The show is basically this blog come to life. How best to describe the show? It's a combination of "Meet the Press," a dash of "Comedy Central," and a sprinkling of Jesus! There is not another show on television like it!
Watch the highlight reel below.
Read the official press release below.
“The Brody File” To Air On ABC Family Channel Through Nov. Election
--Half-Hour Program Begins Friday, Aug. 24 at 9:30am E.T. --
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (August 15, 2012) -- CBN’s Chief Political Correspondent David Brody is taking his popular political blog and online television program, “The Brody File,” to cable – ABC Family Channel.
Beginning August 24, The Brody File will broadcast Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. E.T. The 30-minute program will run on ABC Family Channel through the November 2012 election.
The Brody File will replace CBN’s The 700 Club Interactive, which will continue to air Monday through Thursday on the cable channel.
“With the election less than 90 days away, this is the perfect time to showcase David’s The Brody File on the ABC Family Channel,” Gordon Robertson, CEO of Christian Broadcasting Network. “David’s popular blog coupled with his unique political perspective will offer viewers a bird’s eye view of the 2012 presidential race as well as the important issues facing faith and politics.”
An Emmy-award winning journalist, David Brody is currently the Chief Political Correspondent for CBN News. Indeed, his political blog has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.
With more than 23 years of reporting experience, Brody has interviewed many prominent national figures. His recent one-on-one interviews have crossed the ideological spectrum. He's interviewed Barack Obama, Gov. Sarah Palin, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid among many others.
Brody is also a political contributor to Glenn Beck's GBTV network, and offers weekly political analysis on FOX News, CNN and MSNBC. In addition, he has appeared frequently as a roundtable panelist on NBC’s Meet The Press. He is also author of the recent book, The Teavangelicals