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senate Bill S. 3178

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.

Dawn 's Opinion
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12/02/2018
Lynching is already a crime of hate and it should have been a hate crime years ago. We are behind the times with making it a federal crime.
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Carlos's Opinion
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12/02/2018
Due to the historical context of the act, of course this should be true.
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Ruth's Opinion
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12/02/2018
Of course! Zero tolerance for this heinous act.
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Argument opposed

There hasn't been a documented lynching in the U.S. in nearly four decades, 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.

John's Opinion
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12/02/2018
Murder or attempted murder is already a crime.
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Mark's Opinion
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12/02/2018
Countable, by your own admission there hasn't been a documented lynching in the U.S. in nearly four decades. For those emotional types that can’t do math that’s 40 years. Also known as two generations. And the Civil Rights Act (drafted and introduced by Republicans I might add) has long-since negated the need for a federal anti-lynching law. Moreover, lynching aka hanging (when performed by others against someone’s will) generally results in what’s known as murder by death. And murder in most states carries with it what is known as the death penalty. And since civil society cannot kill the perpetrator more than once, I don’t see how escalating something into a so-called hate crime helps matters? Unless of course you’re looking to politically stir the pot and further divide our nation, which clearly you are.
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Avaglloyd's Opinion
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12/02/2018
This is dumb. Lynching is already illegal. The fact that this is a question shows that the left is trying to revive racism. Sorry guys but we stand against hate.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2018
    Is this a question??
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    Murder or attempted murder is already a crime.
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    Lynching is already a crime of hate and it should have been a hate crime years ago. We are behind the times with making it a federal crime.
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    Due to the historical context of the act, of course this should be true.
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    Of course! Zero tolerance for this heinous act.
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    It’s not already??? What year is it?
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    Is this even a question?
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    The fact that lynching is not already considered a federal hate crime is extremely telling. This needs to be signed into law as soon as possible given the heightened violent and hateful cultural climate currently.
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    Countable, by your own admission there hasn't been a documented lynching in the U.S. in nearly four decades. For those emotional types that can’t do math that’s 40 years. Also known as two generations. And the Civil Rights Act (drafted and introduced by Republicans I might add) has long-since negated the need for a federal anti-lynching law. Moreover, lynching aka hanging (when performed by others against someone’s will) generally results in what’s known as murder by death. And murder in most states carries with it what is known as the death penalty. And since civil society cannot kill the perpetrator more than once, I don’t see how escalating something into a so-called hate crime helps matters? Unless of course you’re looking to politically stir the pot and further divide our nation, which clearly you are.
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    This is dumb. Lynching is already illegal. The fact that this is a question shows that the left is trying to revive racism. Sorry guys but we stand against hate.
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    Why isn't it already on the books?
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    Obviously, The very definition of lynching involves hatred. It should be subject to extra sentencing for heinous violence.
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    This is already a crime. Waste of time and money.
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    I know of two lynchings In the Bay Area of CA, one of which was identified, and one of which was called suicide. Having witnessed the violence of prison guards against inmates, I am suspicious of the many “suicides” by hanging in jails and prisons as lynchings. A young black man was hanged and his family, my clients at that time, were 100% certain he would never commit suicide. I join them in suspecting lynching. Yes, lynching should be a federal hate crime. It is an appalling and terrifying threat with its long onerous history and experience tells me it isn’t in the past yet.
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    When was the last time anyone was lynched? This is a smoke screen. There hasn’t been a lynching in the United States since 1981 by Democrats in the KKK. Who haven’t been this pissed off since they were told they couldn’t own people. Burning witches should also be a federal crime. As should execution with a guillotine.
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    Yes, unless it's "We The People" making sure "Our Government" is doing what it swore an Oath of Office and Signed the Affidavit to that effect to do so! You Lying Creeps have been committing FELONIES BY LYING TO US. DO YOU ALL DESERVE A PUBLIC EXCUTATION, PROBABLY BUT, I'LL SETTLE FOR A LOT OF PRISON TIME AND STRIPPING YOU OF ALL YOUR PENSIONS & SCREWING UP YOUR HEALTHCARE. MIGHT AS WELL TREAT YOU LIKE YOU TREAT US, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE "AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL" YOU SCREWED THAT UP DIDN'T YOU
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    Whoever says no to this needs to reevaluate their moral fiber
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    What a stupid question
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    This isn’t a federal hate crime already? One more bit of America’s racist past that has to go in the 21st century.
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    If this question has to be asked this mean racism is still strong. Not only should a person be charged and turned over to law office.
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