Mark Schauer on Crime
To improve Michigan's economy, Mark knows we need strong cities and safe communities to attract a talented workforce and high-tech business investment. That's why Mark fought for legislation to help communities hire additional police officers, and purchase new fire trucks--manufactured right here in Michigan.
As Governor, Mark will work to reverse Gov. Snyder's cuts to local revenue sharing, and improve public safety. He'll also fight for greater investment in our roads, and work to modernize our aging infrastructure.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. JOHN CONYERS (D, MI-14):This bill expands existing Federal hate crimes law to groups who are well-known targets for bias-based violence--they are sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability. These crimes of violence are directed not just at those who are directly attacked; they are targeting the entire group with the threat of violence.
Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. LAMAR SMITH (R, TX-21): Every year thousands of violent crimes are committed out of hate, but just as many violent crimes, if not more, are motivated by something other than hate--greed, jealousy, desperation or revenge, just to name a few. An individual's motivation for committing a violent crime is usually complex and often speculative. Every violent crime is deplorable, regardless of its motivation. That's why all violent crimes should be vigorously prosecuted. Unfortunately, this bill undermines one of the most basic principles of our criminal justice system--equal justice for all. Under this bill, justice will no longer be equal. Justice will now depend on the race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other protected status of the victim. It will allow different penalties to be imposed for the same crime. This is the real injustice.
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