Family Research Council opposes hate law under which shooter might be prosecuted
Some lunatic with a gun shot and wounded a security guard yesterday at the Washington offices of the Family Research Council.
Reports that the shooter was upset with the FRC’s positions on gay rights raises the possibility that he might be charged with a hate crime.
Ironically, the FRC doesn’t like hate-crime statutes, as we see HERE:
While the FRC has specifically opposed expanding hate crimes protections to individuals targeted for violent attacks because of their sexual orientation or gender identity because they believe it “sends the false message that deviant sexual behaviors are somehow equivalent to other categories of protection such as race or sex,” the group also opposes any hate crimes law on principle.
“Violent attacks upon people or property are already illegal, regardless of the motive behind them. With ‘hate crime’ laws, however, people are essentially given one penalty for the actions they engaged in, and an additional penalty for the politically incorrect thoughts that allegedly motivated those actions,” the group states on its website.
I’m inclined to agree with the FRC on this matter. Hate-crime laws give me pause.