Hate crimes against "the homeless"

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    Bill adds homeless to list of hate crimes

    "Albuquerque, will introduce a bill next month to add homeless people to the state Hate Crimes Act. The proposed law means those who attack homeless people would be subject to harsher sentences if caught and convicted. "This sends a message to the general public - people need to have dignity," O'Neill said in an interview. "If we're going to talk about hate crimes, let's talk about the homeless."


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    Do you see something wrong with this or right with this? We occasionally read about suburban kids doing terrible things to the homeless on a lark, I am inclined to agree that stiffer penalties are deserved in cases like that.
     
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    Crime is crime and by its very nature is fueled by hate. Trying to rationalize it by giving it unique names and special penalties is dumb. The end result of crime is the same regardless of motive. If you're dead you're dead regardless of motive.....
     
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    I don't agree with the designation "hate crimes". Adding the homeless to the list just confirms, to me, the ridiculousness of it.
     
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    If that's what it takes to get a bunch of young psychopaths charged as adults who would set a man on fire for fun I am all for it. Google "kids set homeless man on fire", it's a damned epidemic. Anyone who would do something like that needs to be locked up for years and years, not just until they turn 18.
     
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    Special class designation for anyone is a clear violation of the Constitution and is nothing but another wedge use by the politicians to devide us. It's simple, you don't have EQUAL PROTECTION, when some are more equal than others.
     
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    Nope, they deserve the exact same fate.
     
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    The crime should determine the punishment.

    Person A sets a homeless man on fire because he hates the homless, person B sets a banker on fire because he hates corporate America. How is person A deserving of a harsher punishment?
     
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    Crazy. All crimes are hate crimes, even those done in a moment of passion.

    Why do only select groups get hate crime legislature?

    Is there special "hate crime" legislature for:

    Women?
    Brunettes?
    Fat people?
    Skinny people?
    Teachers?
    Bus Drivers?
    Comedians?
    Fathers?
    Sisters?
    Mothers?
    Brothers?
    Mother-in-Laws?
    Acne faced teens?
    People with speech impediments?
    Gingers with freckles?
     
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    What is wrong with using the existing laws for these crimes? Get the legislature to change the laws to be harsher if warranted but no to special hate crime laws for only certain subsets of society.
     

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