Gun grabbers are so predictable. Never let a crisis like the Charleston Church shooting go to waste, huh Barack. If ever there was a situation that cries out for doing away with gun free zones it is this shooting. Where is it written that you can't carry a gun with you to church? If one or more people in this congregation had been packing this boy could have been stopped. At the very least they could have minimized the damage. Without guns they allowed themselves to be a target rich environment.
The media began calling this a hate crime before they had any facts. When someone walks into a predominately white church, a Buddhist temple,a mosque, synagogue, or a black church and starts wasting people, that is worthy of the death penalty in my view. At the very least a life sentence without parole. What difference does it make if this guy killed these people because he is a white supremacist, a psycho, ISUS, or a radical environmentalist wacko? Innocent people are still dead. If a jury decides that he deserves the maximum sentence of death then what good is a hate crime law? When a black man was dragged to death behind a pick-up truck in Texas, by three white racists, they were all sentenced to death. The left criticized then governor George W. Bush for not signing hate crimes legislation. What else could have been accomplished by hate crimes legislation? I guess everybody gets to stand around and spit on their grave after they are dead? That, I'm sure, would make everyone feel so much better about themselves.
Years ago white juries in the South would let guilty white supremacists go free after killing black people. Such as in the case of Medgar Evers. The 1964 Civil Rights Act established the means by which the Federal government could prosecute a state criminal case if it was believed someones civil rights had been violated in the state trial. I don't have a problem with that. However I do not agree that the Feds can declare a case as a hate crime and prosecute it without first giving the state a shot at doing the right thing. This is a violation of States Rights in my view.
If a person kills me what difference does it make if he does it because he hates me or he just doesn't care whether I live or die? There are no hate laws, or love laws. Just like there is no hate speech or love speech. There is just speech. The problem with all this is that elites get to decide what laws are hate laws and what speech is hate speech. In 1996 a nineteen year old white man named Michael Westerman was shot to death in Guthrie Kentucky by several black teens because he was flying a Confederate flag from the bed of his pick-up truck. Not once did I hear a government official or anyone in the media describe this as a hate crime. If a similar crime happened today I doubt very seriously that the Feds or Obama's justice department would even notice The men who were charged with this crime received life sentences. Would a hate crime charge produced a different result? I rather doubt it.