Why are certain people within our government working so hard to set in motion many things to work together to destroy this nation? That to me is the hate crime.
Amnesty for lawbreakers and terrorists. Special protections for certain people. Dhimmitude. Restrictions on free speech. Manipulations of the press. Restrictions on your right to bear arms. Unthinkable, yet it is happening across this great nation, right now- with or without legislation to speed it up. Help me vote anyone who would deny you your rights out of office.
"... 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." Why does a "hate crime" bill have a clause about "affecting interstate or foreign commerce?" They keep finding poison in exports from China- it's no accident to have 100 times the dangerous dose of formaldahyde in childrens' clothing..Is that a hate crime? Where is the government to protect US? Too busy taking away our rights and freedoms, making us easy prey for ANYONE (regardless of their national origin or religion) who wants to do us harm.
The complete text of Sen Warner's reply follows, minus my own personal information lest someone try to commit a hate crime against me:
August 21, 2007
Mr. Chris XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Dear Mr. XXXXX
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on hate crimes legislation. I appreciate your inquiry on this matter.
Current federal law prohibits willfully injuring, intimidating or interfering with any person because of the person's race, color, religion, or national origin. However, this federal protection only applies when a person is engaged in one of six federally protected activities. These protected activities include: (1) enrolling in or attending a public school; (2) participating in a program administered by a state; (3) applying for or being employed; (4) serving as a juror in any state court; (5) traveling in or using a facility of interstate commerce; and (6) enjoying the goods, services, and accommodations of any inn, motel, or hotel, any restaurant, any gasoline station, theater, sports arena or other facility.
With respect to hate crimes legislation proposed in the United States Senate, on April 12, 2007, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) introduced the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S.1105). Subsequent to its introduction, S.1105 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This legislation would expand current federal law by making it a federal crime to willfully cause bodily injury to any person because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability without regard to the six existing federally protected activities in current law.
After examining similar legislation extensively for several years, after listening to law enforcement officials and citizens all across Virginia, and after a horrific hate crime shooting spree in Roanoke, Virginia, which left Danny Overstreet dead and six others wounded, I voted in support of legislation called the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act when it was offered as an amendment to the FY2005 Defense Authorization Act (S.2400) in 2004. While this amendment was considered by the full Senate and agreed to by a vote of 65 to 33, the FY2005 Defense Authorization Act did not include the amendment when it was signed into law by the President (P. L. 108-375).
First, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act would have expanded federal hate crimes jurisdiction by making it a federal crime to willfully cause bodily injury to any person because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability without regard to the six existing federally protected activities in current law. However, under the amendment, federal law enforcement officials could not take over the investigation or prosecution of hate crimes unless: the state lacked the authority to prosecute; the state requested the federal government’s assistance or involvement; or the state’s verdict or sentence did not fulfill the federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence.
Second, because the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes can be extraordinarily costly, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act would have authorized grants to local and state governments to assist them in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. Finally, for cases in which local law enforcement officials request additional assistance, the amendment would have authorized federal law enforcement officials to provide technical, forensic, and prosecutorial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
In my view, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act would have helped ensure that local, state, and federal law enforcement had the resources necessary to prosecute the perpetrators of these particularly heinous crimes to the fullest extent of the law. And, not only would the amendment have sent a strong federal message that these types of crimes would not be tolerated, it would have helped close the gaps in our legal system that sometimes make the investigation and prosecution of these crimes even more difficult.
On May 3, 2007, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R.1592) by a vote of 237 to 180. Additional legislation, the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R.254), remains under consideration in the House of Representatives. H.R.254 would amend the federal criminal code to set penalties for willfully causing bodily injury, or attempting to cause such injury, 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.
Please be assured that I appreciate the views that you have shared with me. You may be certain that, should S.1105 or other legislation related to hate crimes come before the full Senate in the future, I will be certain to keep your thoughts in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me.
With kind regards, I am