Regular readers here know that I hate hate, but even worse than that, I hate the idea of people being charged with hate crimes. We should prosecute people over deeds, not emotions.
This guy needed to be off the street:
Matthew Gust, 26, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, North Dakota, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers of the District of North Dakota. – snip –
Gust pleaded guilty on May 19 to an arson charge and a hate-crime charge.
He threw a Molotov cocktail. He was trying to intimidate patrons and the owners of the restaurant, so it does fit the left’s definition of hate crime. In this case there’s some consistency.
“This sentence sends a clear message to those who attempt to divide our community by sowing violence and fear,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta. “The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute perpetrators of hate violence.”
I see a huge emphasis on hate related crimes from the Justice Department. I have read every one of their releases over the past year, and between prosecutions and speeches, this is a priority. I disagree with the concept of hate crime or criminalization of hate speech, but I have a question:
Are we charging terrorists with hate crimes?
A quick search for terrorism at the web site turned up a 20 year old from Minneapolis charged with giving material support to ISIS. No hate charges.
Another guy in Mississippi charged with supporting ISIS. No hate charges.
Rochester guy. Same deal. The word hate appears in the press release as “he hated being in the U.S. and at the end of caliphate, but not in the charges. He was involved in a planned attack on New York City.
Mississippi woman. Material support of ISIS, but no hate charge.
Cincinnati man. No hate charges:
Christopher Lee Cornell, 22, of Green Township, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to one count of attempting to kill government employees, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
He was going to attack the Capitol building during the State of the Union. With the president, both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court inside. Apparently motivated by love.
Nope, I checked. ISIS.
If I dug further, I’m sure I’d find somebody who actually committed terrorism for ISIS who was charged with a hate crime. How about this guy?
The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 federal charges. None of them were for hating people.
Just for blowing them up.