- (CBS/AP) Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that recent killings show the need for a tougher U.S. hate crimes law to stop "violence masquerading as political activism."
"Over the last several weeks, we have witnessed brazen acts of violence, committed in places that many would have considered unthinkable," Holder told the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
I mean, he's really serious. "Unthinkable." Is a murder in a home, or an office building, any worse a murder than in a church, or a museum? "Unthinkable!"
- The violence, he said, "reminds us of the potential threat posed by violent extremists and the tragedy that ensues when reasoned discourse is replaced by armed confrontation.
You mean like when a husband and wife argue, or when your boss fires you? Sometimes - rarely - they lead to murder too. How are you going to tackle that problem, Mr Holder? How do you more effectively prosecute those who commit violent attacks based on gender, disability, or sexual orientation? What more can you do to them than prosecute them for the murder laws we already have in the books? What are you going to do, execute them twice? Torture them? Here's the best part:
- "We will not tolerate murder, or the threat of violence, masquerading as political activism," Holder said. "So let me be clear, the Justice Department will use every tool at its disposal to protect the rights ensured under our Constitution."
How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words, said Samuel Adams. They'll protect your constitutional rights by trampling on your constitutional rights.