As concerns rise over mass violence motivated by hate, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed on Thursday his Hate Crimes Terrorism Act, which would make New York the first state in the nation to define hate-fueled murder with the intent to cause mass casualties as an act of domestic terrorism — and include stiff penalties similar to those convicted of terrorist acts.
“White supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-LGBTQ white nationalists, these are Americans committing mass hate crimes against other Americans and it should be recognized for what it it: domestic terrorism,” Cuomo said. “It is not just repulsive, immoral, and anti-American, it is illegal and we must confront it by enacting a new law to fit the crime.”
Cuomo also called on the federal government to ban the weapons most often used to perpetrate mass killings across the country, military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and to enact universal background checks.
The new statute would define mass casualty as any incident that results in the murder of at least one person and the attempted murder of at least two additional people and when that violence is motivated by hate.
“We must recognize the gross displays of hate-fueled mass killings exhibited throughout our nation for what they are, terrorism,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said. “I stand with the Governor and applaud him for introducing legislation to curb domestic terrorism and ensure justice is served. Hate must never win.”
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