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house Bill H.R. 90

Do Hate Crimes Need to Have Harsher Punishments Attached?

Argument in favor

The current federal criminal code offers punishments that are too weak for perpetrators of hate crimes. The law must be amended to ensure there is no tolerance of offenders.

Anisha's Opinion
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03/05/2017
That is a simple way to send stronger message who plan to commit such crime. We stand for diversity and equal rights.
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Argument opposed

The federal criminal code already in place enforces consequences against people who commit hate crimes, this bill is redundant and unnecessary.

Kathie's Opinion
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03/10/2015
The only hate crimes being committed here are by the people that are pushing hate crimes. Trying to jail, intimidate, harass, sue, threaten to murder those that preach against homosexuality (since it is what the Bible tells Christians to do) is a hate crime. So lets start with the ones who made hate crimes up, if they want to do that, let them get whatever punishment they wished to inflict on the innocent. Get real.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2013

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Title

David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2013

Official Title

To enhance Federal enforcement of hate crimes, and for other purposes.

Summary

David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2013 or David's Law - Amends the federal criminal code to impose penalties for willfully causing bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive device, attempting to cause such injury, whether or not acting under color of law, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of any person, where the offense is in or affects interstate or foreign commerce. Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to study the issue of adult recruitment of juveniles to commit hate crimes and, if appropriate, to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to provide sentencing enhancements for such an offense. Requires the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make grants to state and local programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles. Authorizes appropriations to the Department of the Treasury and to DOJ for FY2013-FY2015 to increase the number of personnel to protect against criminal interference with federally-protected activities.
    That is a simple way to send stronger message who plan to commit such crime. We stand for diversity and equal rights.
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    The only hate crimes being committed here are by the people that are pushing hate crimes. Trying to jail, intimidate, harass, sue, threaten to murder those that preach against homosexuality (since it is what the Bible tells Christians to do) is a hate crime. So lets start with the ones who made hate crimes up, if they want to do that, let them get whatever punishment they wished to inflict on the innocent. Get real.
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    American Justice is supposed to blind to color, religion, sexual orientation. Classifying any crime as a hate crime with a harsher penalty because the crime was committed to a protected person by a non-protected person is discriminatory and violates due process of law. Overly protecting groups of people is simply designed to secure their votes.
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