LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Here we go again

Here we go again. The yearly call for “hate crime” legislation is upon us (News-Sentinel editorial, 8/2/18). This was a stupid idea last year, the year before last, and every year before those. Why should it be any more desirable now?

Indiana should steer clear of all attempts at social engineering through legislation. The status quo works just fine; it ain’t broke, so don’t try to “fix” it.

To be more specific, all violent crimes are hate-crimes of one sort or another. We do not need another layer of law that requires people to try to subjectively judge whether one crime or another merits the special punishment decreed by so-called “hate-crime” legislation. I challenge anyone to demonstrate that calling a crime a “hate-crime” has ever deterred anyone from committing it. The range of punishments already available to the courts by law is adequate, and motivation can already be considered in sentencing.

Common sense will prevail if our legislators just get out of the way. Doing nothing is often the best choice. I recommend it.

— Pat Christle, New Haven

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