I'm amazed, but also very pleased, that our Legislature and our Governor
support this bill.
I guess my murder wold not be as important as some else's murder. So
I'm worth less. Great to know.
Were Jazz fans exempted?
Mainly Me said: "Does anyone really think that a criminal is going to stop
and think, "Uh-oh, I'd better not attack this person because of his
race. It means I'd be facing an enhanced penalty."People
seem to believe that someone who has had 2 drinks will stop and ask themselves
is this worth a DUI?Do enhanced drug penalties work in school zones,
or is that just feel good laws too?Why have any laws at all, if they
don't effect peoples behavior?
It's about time.
Gov. Herbert, as a citizen and teacher in Utah, I urge you to veto this
legislation. This does not unite us, it divides us as a state by creating
classes of people who are "more equal" than others, just like in George
Orwells' words from his allegory the Animal Farm, "All [people] are
equal, but some [people] are more equal than others." In a world
where some are "more equal", is anyone truly treated equally under the
law? And so I urge you to veto this poorly considered legislation. If we do not,
it will set a dangerous precedent. Check the comment boards here and on other
news websites, and you'll see that most Utahns agree. Or do a poll, but
please, do not rush into signing this law just because a few loud special
interest groups say so. Most of your constituents say otherwise.
With the extreme reactive responses in America surfacing when political
expressions are vented and violence seems to threaten, the ability to freely
express one's political opinions under the First Amendment are vital to the
very fabric of what makes America great.
No one deserves to be victimized for any reason whatsoever, but I question
whether or not this is just feel-good legislation. Does anyone really think
that a criminal is going to stop and think, "Uh-oh, I'd better not
attack this person because of his race. It means I'd be facing an enhanced
So we'll have a law against "hate"; that'll do the trick.
Glad to know there are better reasons for crimes.