And that right there is part of the problem. Murder in and of itself should not be a federal matter unless it happens on Federal property. If they wanted to federalize the actions/inactions of local authorities, that is something else. Murder is murder. Shouldn't matter if you did it because you didn't like the other persons race or if you just wanted their money. Either one should get you six feet under. And either one should get the same level of effort by local authorities to bring about justice.
What color the victims and the shooter are makes me no difference. My condolences go out to the victims, their families, and their community. Hopefully the killer is found quickly and justice is served quickly and with finality.
If they were unarmed by choice, then maybe they'll know better next time. If they were unarmed by State dictates, then hopefully when they are done grieving they will turn some attention to getting the issue fixed.
catfish86 wrote:Regardless of whether it is right or wrong, the reason for "hate crime" laws is to federalize crimes where local authorities are likely to look the other way, in most cases specifically Klan killings of blacks.
As a practical matter, it appears it is being used to bring extra resources to an obviously dangerous man. They say he is deranged but I am not so sure he is any more deranged than he is a terrorist. Note that the pastor is also a politician and the church is one started by freed slaves in 1816. Calculated as a political target. Suspect is early 20s, white. My first thought, which could be wrong, is a white supremacist attack.