Accusing people of hate crimes has become the newest pastime of liberals across the world. The problem is that much of the time the hate crimes are either faked or not against the right people to further their agenda. The left needs conservatives to appear as biased, fascist fear-mongers who will assault anyone that isn’t white.
A ridiculous assumption but unfortunately it is one they have latched on to and think is the answer to their problems. If America hates Republicans than they will naturally love Democrats right? Ask Hillary Clinton.
The state of New York is trying to take it one step further now by strengthening the punishment for hate crimes to an unconstitutional level. Apparently, they are actually the seventh state to do this.
A hate crime is defined by the FBI as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
An important distinction here, one that New Yorkers might need to know in the near future, is that hate itself is not a crime. The FBI states that they attempt to do their best to be “mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”
Most hate crimes are misdemeanors, meaning that a person found guilty of one generally would not lose their second amendment rights. Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat from Manhattan, would like his state to change that.
Squadron’s new bill, S5569, would expand the existing law to allow for the confiscation of guns of citizens convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors. He fell back on the Democrat’s favorite argument that since President Trump was elected, hate crimes are “on the rise.”
He gave an example of a hate crime he would like to see punished under the new bill; a swastika spray-painted on a synagogue wall. If convicted, the perpetrator would lose the right to possess a firearm.
“New York has a duty to take actions that reject acts of bigotry, hatred, misogyny, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and discrimination in any form because they violate the nation’s core values.”
Executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation Alan Gottlieb warned of the dire consequences of this bill passing.
“If it were up to the gun grabbers, just owning a gun would be a hate crime. The intolerance and rhetoric of the gun control crowd is what should be a hate crime.”
Opponents of this type of legislation caution that hate crimes are already very selectively enforced. That has become even truer in the recent year.
Last year, a Somali Muslim woman attacked a mother and daughter with a flag pole; the family’s own American flag pole. The FBI declared that it was not a hate crime and no charges were filed. Some would say that the outcome would have been very different if the attack had happened to the Muslim woman.
The same thing occurred when a Somali gang launched an attack on a neighborhood in Minneapolis. For three days they invaded an upscale lake community injuring a dog and threatening to rape a woman. Again, it was not determined to be a hate crime.
A real fear with this new bill is that it could be used to violate not only the second amendment but the first. Who will be there to stop a speech at a rally protesting illegal immigration from being declared a hate crime? If convicted, the left has won the war, stripping away gun rights and free speech in one victory. Gottlieb emphasizes the point.
“Liberal anti-gun fanatics want to make everything they don’t agree with a hate crime. Some even want to make owning a firearm a hate crime.”
The author of the Jihad Watch blog and several books on Islam agrees. Robert Spencer calls it a Pandora’s box.
“This is insidious. First, the left falsely characterizes all perspectives that dissent from its own as ‘hate.’ Then, the next step is legislation against hate crimes, and then the disarming of hate-crime offenders. Leftists could easily use this legislation to silence, marginalize and then disarm and terrorize conservative Americans who refuse to go along with their globalist, internationalist agenda. This is a significant step toward the totalitarian left shutting down all dissent and imposing the concept of thought crime upon the American body politic.”
Opponents of the bill also point out its redundancy. If a hate crime includes a violent element, it becomes a felony and would be appropriately be punished; the offender would be unable to own a firearm. Squadron says that “allowing those who commit and are convicted of hate crimes to possess guns only gives them a fatal tool to spread their hate.”
The passage of the bill would give New York a fatal tool instead. They would join Minnesota, Oregon, New Jersey, and four other states in their attempts to discerningly murder free speech and gun rights.