Shortly, after posting my piece this morning (PST) where I noted that every time a gun-crime generates headline, we hear the usual suspects repeat their mantra about the need for gun control, I wondered why we hear a similar mantra every time some hateful nut assaults a gay person about the need for hate crimes legislation.
Yet, their support for hate crimes legislation comes not from any evidence that such laws prevent crime, but from their devotion to identity politics. (Should I see convincing evidence that such laws actually reduce violent crime, then I might reconsider my opposition.) At the same time, we have a whole raft of evidence showing that crime rates go down when states adopt concealed-carry laws.
So, I ask, why don’t we hear a clamor for concealed-carry laws every time some crazy kook assaults a gay person? Shouldn’t laws that work — and protect gay people — be at the top of the agenda of the groups supposedly militating for our rights?