It may be the first state but hopefully, it will not be the last.
Courtesy of The Independent:
Amid a national debate about racism, extremism and mass shootings, governor Andrew Cuomo proposed to make New York the first state to classify “hate-fuelled” killings as domestic terrorism on Thursday.
Democrat Mr Cuomo unveiled the proposal almost two weeks after the back-to-back massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, prompted all-too-familiar cries for action from both political parties.
Describing the need to address the “new violent epidemic” of “hate-fuelled, American-on-American terrorism,” Mr Cuomo called for raising the penalties for violence motivated by race, gender, sexual orientation or other protected classes by making them punishable by up to life in prison without parole.
“Today, our people are three times more likely to suffer a terrorist attack launched by an American than one launched by a foreigner,” he said. “Now this is not just repulsive. This is not just immoral. This is not just anti-American. It is illegal.
“And we must confront it by enacting a new law to fit the crime.”
I think there should be a federal law passed just exactly like this one.
Perhaps once we have a Democratic president in the White House and a Democratic majority in the Senate we will make that very thing happen.
Perhaps that will frighten the white supremacists who scurried out of the woodwork when Trump started his first campaign to stop trying to terrorize people and scurry right back where they came from.
Update: Adam Schiff has already introduced legislation to make this national.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Friday introduced a bill that would criminalize domestic terrorism attacks.
The bill would create a federal domestic terrorism crime and could be applied to attacks like mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Charleston, South Carolina, Schiff said in a statement.
“Even though Americans today are more likely to be killed by white-supremacists than international terrorism organizations while on American soil, treating these terrorist acts, including racist or anti-Semitic shootings, differently than other acts of terrorism makes the public take it less seriously,” he said.
This seems like a no brainer to me, so of course Mitch McConnell will shoot it down in the Senate.