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Hate crimes should not be punished differently than other crimes The actual crime should be punished not the reasoning behind it The idea of punishing crimes differently based on victims might make some people or groups feel that others are more protected or valued than they are The concept of punishing crimes differently because of motive is senseless unnecessary and an injustice Again the actual crime should be punished not the reasoning behind it Murder is murder robbery is robbery rape is rape a gang attack is a gang attack and premeditated murder is premeditated murder regardless of motive Staff Editorial 1 For example Person A and Person B both assault innocent people But while beating the life out of his victim Person B calls him a Nigger His crime is considered a hate crime Consequently his crime will receive harsher punishment Despite why the crime took place the point is that a crime took place No matter why the victim is chosen he or she was still harmed the family is still going to grieve and someone must be punished Staff editorial 1 Whether a person is killed for money or drugs or out of hate or prejudice the fact still remains that he or she has been killed With hate crime laws the hate is being looked at more so than the crime itself Even though hate is a terrible thing to have in your heart all Americans have the right to hate whatever or who ever they want Hudson 1 Besides if officials start punishing hate or unholy thoughts they might as well make a new category of crime- thought crime If this line of thinking were acted upon then half of America would be behind bars As stated above the idea of punishing crimes differently based on the victim might make some people or groups feel as if others are more protected or valued than they are This whole concept
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