quote:Originally posted by Mike
One thing I'm gonna say killing is killing. Whether you kill a cop, a bank teller, a little girl, a homosexual or someone who is jewish, black or any other race to be considered a "hate crime".
I am totally against "hate crime" laws. In my view it is total stupidity for lawmakers to react to the emotions of the day in order to look good and get votes by creating separate laws and punishments for specialized and classifying killing. You take a life, that is pretty clear. The only degree should be if it wasn't intentional such as manslaughter in a car accident and so on. There are already laws for murder, law enforcement and prosecutors/judicial system should concentrate on bringing to justice actually guilty parties and stop going for the conviction count. Too many innocent people are being charge and convicted of crimes they did not commit in the name of solving cases and furthering the careers of prosecutors.
I agree with you about hate-crimes laws. When you get into those types of laws, the state begins to control thought. That is rather frightening. Whatever the motivation is behind a crime, it's still a crime. I'm against speech codes, censorship, etc. - and I'm completely against state-sponsered thought control. That's what goes on in totalitarian states.
Actions are another story. I'm glad they caught that Eric Rudolph bastard. He bombed a gay nightclub in Atlanta, killed a man at an abortion clinic, and set off a bomb at the 1996 olympics. He's no better than Bin Laden's bunch. He deserves to go to jail for life - but we already have laws on the books against murder, etc.
I am against the death penalty. I grew up in a fundamentalist church, so the death penalty didn't really bother me when I was younger. As I've gotten older, it's one of the things I've re-examined. I do resent Amnesty and other European elitist organizations harping on the U.S. all of the time when far, far worse things are being done in the Middle East, China, and other parts of the globe. We're just easy to pick on because of our size.