Just about a year ago, I blogged that I would “reconsider my opposition” to hate crimes legislation should I see “convincing evidence that such laws actually reduce violent crime”. In that post, I pointed out that “we have a whole raft of evidence showing that crime rates go down when states adopt concealed-carry laws.”
Hence my belief that such legislation advances “gay rights” because it offers us an effective tool to protect ourselves from gay-bashers. If such creeps fear we have a gun, they’ll be less likely to attack.
Just this week, we learn how effective that fear can be — and how it served to protect one of our friends attacked by a teenager in a jurisdiction with “a hate crimes law explicitly address[ing] sexual orientation.”
Riding home from work on his bike a few days ago, GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia “was attacked on a secluded street behind Union Station“:
. . . the unidentified youth punched him in the chest about 8:30 p.m. as he rode past the youth and six or seven other male teenagers who were with the person that struck him on 2nd Street, N.E. just north of L Street.
After calling Jimmy a “faggot”,
the attacker and a few of the others with him “puffed up their chests and were clearly ready to continue the attack,” [Jimmy] said. But seconds later, the group fled the scene after he kept his hand inside his backpack, “allowing them to wonder if I was reaching for a gun.”
The District’s hate crimes law didn’t deter Jimmy’s attackers; the fear he had a gun did.
Glad to hear Jimmy’s doing okay.