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house Bill H.R. 35

Should Lynching be a Federal Hate Crime?

Argument in favor

Lynching is a horrific crime that historically has both hate- and race-based elements. Making it illegal at the federal level, and adding a hate crime enhancement, rights the historic wrong of the crime itself being allowed to continue for over a century, as well as the nearly 4,000 crimes of this nature that went largely unpunished.

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10/24/2019
IS THIS A REAL QUESTION? OF COURSE IT SHOULD BE!!
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jimK's Opinion
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10/24/2019
Yes, fully supported. Lynching is a hate crime and needs to condemned as such by the highest legal authority of our country. This is long past due.
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Josephina's Opinion
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10/24/2019
Lynching is one of the most hate filled acts in American history. By not recognizing the true terror by making it a federal hate crime is the United States being ignorant and not owning its own history. This is a hate crime on a federal level and should be all across the world.
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Argument opposed

It has been decades since the last lynching occurred in the U.S., and the Civil Rights Act has long-since negated the need for a federal anti-lynching law. The Senate’s 2005 apology to lynching victims and their descendants suffices to right the wrong of the federal government failing to enact an anti-lynching law when the crime occurred regularly.

Ronald's Opinion
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10/24/2019
Lynching is a crime (murder) punishable by capital punishment. "Hate crime" are unconstitutional: We can not quantitatively define, or prove "hate" Punish crime, not emotions. Do not create privileged classes of people by making crime against them "hate crime". Punish all crime equally regardless of the victim, or villain.
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John's Opinion
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10/24/2019
This is more ridiculous legislation proposed by a race-baiting congressman who’s stirring the pot. ANYBODY can be lynched. White, black or whatever. Please vote nay.
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Bill's Opinion
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10/24/2019
It’s already a crime. It doesn’t need a special classification. We do need to make violating the oath of office a federal crime. Mr Rush is a prime example of someone who would have been indicted years ago. His Constitutional Fidelity score is 24%. Despicable!
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      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    IS THIS A REAL QUESTION? OF COURSE IT SHOULD BE!!
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    Lynching is a crime (murder) punishable by capital punishment. "Hate crime" are unconstitutional: We can not quantitatively define, or prove "hate" Punish crime, not emotions. Do not create privileged classes of people by making crime against them "hate crime". Punish all crime equally regardless of the victim, or villain.
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    Yes, fully supported. Lynching is a hate crime and needs to condemned as such by the highest legal authority of our country. This is long past due.
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    Lynching is one of the most hate filled acts in American history. By not recognizing the true terror by making it a federal hate crime is the United States being ignorant and not owning its own history. This is a hate crime on a federal level and should be all across the world.
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    Yes... and by the way impeachment is NOT a lynching.. but the creep in the WH probably would be a good candidate for such an end to his betrayal of the country
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    You got to be kidding me as a black man I feel insulted and mad as hell. Lynching should be a death penalty without a question in my opinion. If my NC reps vote against it then I know where they stand
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    This is more ridiculous legislation proposed by a race-baiting congressman who’s stirring the pot. ANYBODY can be lynched. White, black or whatever. Please vote nay.
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    No brainer
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    It’s already a crime. It doesn’t need a special classification. We do need to make violating the oath of office a federal crime. Mr Rush is a prime example of someone who would have been indicted years ago. His Constitutional Fidelity score is 24%. Despicable!
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    without a doubt, yes!
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    YES!!! Did you really have to ask that?
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    Lynching is already a crime at State and Federal levels, the lynching being done to President Trump is a crime. #MAGA
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    Murdering someone because of their race is obviously a hate crime!
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    Is this not already murder lol
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    Lynching should have an enhanced punishment. Of course that does not include the type of ”lynching” that Trump was complaining about. 😂
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    “Hate crime” means nothing, stop with the race baiting classifications. Lynching is murder and should be punished with the death penalty.
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    Lynching is already illegal, it’s murder. Also, it’s not a crime to hate, if it were, the whole damn Democrat party would be indicted for their abject hatred of the 63 million Americans whom they have labeled as “dark, divisive and dangerous.”
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    Yes, and we should make sure we define it in this bill, since clearly our wise president doesn't understand what it is.
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    Yes it should be an hate crime because that's what it truly is and some peoples should never use it unless they're teaching on the subject for an understanding on why you have to be careful with the word(Lynching)
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    There is no constitutional authority for congress to legislate on this . 1. Hate is a form of speech and regulating it would violate the 1A. You cannot regulate emotions. 2. Lynching is murder and the states already cover murder charges. This would add unnecessary layers of law enforcement and judicial expansion. Keep congress to matters that affect us internationally. Domestic powers, except on interstate commerce, are severely limited in scope. You’d know that if you read the constitution you swore an oath to uphold.
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