They've made the jobs of our finest much more dangerous, and left them hesitant to protect us from criminals.
These two disgust me and are a disgrace to this nation. The bodies aren't even cold yet, and BO is seizing upon their deaths as a political opportunity to further eviscerate the Constitution, which protects us from the likes of him.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
All the sentencing enhancements have the same purpose- they are variants of the crime that are especially destructive or problematic for society. They're situations where the usual sentence is inadequate to the crime.
A bias-motivated murder, for example, is far more likely to prompt retaliation, to destabilize communities, to cause others to live in fear, to be used to intimidate other members of the targeted group, etc. For example, take the Supreme Court case that determined that bias-motivation sentencing enhancements are constitutional. A group of black kids got together and made a plan to attack a white person at random to try to drive whites out of their neighborhood. After they committed the assault, a gang of white kids attacked a random black woman, then a black gang retaliated against an unrelated white kid, and so forth back and forth until by the time it all died down, a dozen people, all except one of whom were completely innocent randoms, were hospitalized, 5 different businesses shut down and property values in the area dropped 9%. The usual penalty for a typical assault just isn't severe enough to reflect the amount of damage an assault like that sets off, so they law offers judges sentencing enhancements in those circumstances.
I can't imagine worse than sitting with his victims for an hour and then committing premeditated murder in God's house.
Yes, Roof was fixated on blacks. But he could've been fixated on anything--girls who rejected him, other gamers who outscored him, anything. Like other mass murderers, however, he nurtured his insane grudge, planned for months, and executed innocent people. Blacks, first-graders, movie patrons, and mall shoppers are all equally victims.
Folks, this guy has said he "Wanted to start a civil war". A race war between blacks and whites.
Now I think he's drastically over-estimating his own importance and the impact of his heinous action... but if we let it, this incident could be yet another brick in the wall separating us by race.
Let's not let that happen. Let's come together and condemn this as an act of senseless and abhorrent violence and hate by a evil person whose actions are NOT representative of white South Carolinians or white Americans in general.
Don't let him win. Don't let this drive us further apart in this time when we're already experiencing more racial tensions than we have in a decade. Let's stand together and not let one hateful young man drive yet another wedge between us.
I live in rural SC. Everywhere I've been today, no one is talking about anything else. Everyone says it was horrible. I've not heard one person, not even the scruffiest redneck, say anything affirmative about what this young hater did.
In the military, one of the greatest insults is to deliberately about-face and turn your back on someone, signifying they don't matter. Let's turn out backs on this hateful person and not give him the satisfaction of being a media star.
Let's have our time of mourning and grief for those we've lost, but let's not give this hateful little **** any more attention.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken