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August 20, 2012

Leo’s Courage

Leo’s Courage

What’s courage? Just ask Leo. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


When Floyd Lee Corkins entered the Family Research Council with a Chick-Fil-A bag in his hand and pistol in his pocket, his intent was to harm. Leo Johnson, an unarmed property manager, is credited for preventing that intent from becoming a tragic reality for more people.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called Johnson a hero. Despite being shot in the arm, he tackled Corkins and disarmed him before anyone else could be shot. Where does that sort of courage come from?

At least three former FRC employees I know talked about the sort of person Leo was every day. And that’s important, because as C. S. Lewis said, “Courage is not just one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” Leo’s actions last week were the result of the sort of character he had fostered every day. I wish him a quick recovery. Come to, and we’ll link you to the Colson Center’s new curriculum on the virtues. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Accused unman ripped Family Research Council Policies Before Opening Fire, Sources Say
Fox News | August 16, 2012

The FRC Shooting and the Vocation of a Hero
Joe Carter | Acton Institute | August 15, 2012

Leo Johnson of the FRC and the Best and Worst of Human Nature
Gina R. Dalfonzo | National Review Online | August 15, 2012

Renewing Virtue
The Colson Center Store

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