posted on Oct, 9 2007 @ 07:53 PM
reply to post by Keyhole
You misunderstand the difference between a hate crime and a "regular" crime.
Let's say there are two murders.
One person is a cheating husband who got shot by his wife
The other is a guy who was killed by a skinhead for being Jewish.
The end result is the same - there are two people, both equally human, and both equally dead. That's not the issue, nobody is saying that one is
"more important" than the other. The victims
of the crime are not the issue at hand - it's the murderers.
The wife who got cheated on had a personal, specific reason for killing her husband, and is not at all likely to be a repeat offender. She gets her 25
years, with a chance of parole, and that's pretty much it.
The skinhead, on the other hand... he probably would have killed any Jewish person. And he's likely to do so again. He calls for a stiffer sentence
because of this.
That's the key. Perpetrators o the hate crimes outlined in this bill tend to be repeat and indiscriminate (I know, ironic) offenders who are a danger
to a large group of people for no reason other than one trait common to that group.