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  1. Sarina says

    I do believe gay men need to protect themselves. I’m tired of reading about gay men being beaten. Enough is enough. The attackers go after us, because they know we won’t do anything, so this needs to change.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    What do you call it when a Gay slur is used during an attack but the thugs have no clue as to whether their victim is Gay? Is it a hate crime? Certainly, the language and the action are hate-filled. But if the attackers do not know their victim is Gay…

    I’m not even sure it was racially motivated violence. If anything it may have been a “class oriented” hate crime. A preppy looking Barack Obama would have been knocked off that bike and called “faggot” just as fast. There’s a lot of anger on these city streets, folks.

    This of course depends on whether it actually happened. I don’t trust LaSalvia. ‘Course one of the attackers coulda’ been a former piece of trade of that Republican Miss Ann.

  3. says

    The existing federal hate crimes statute has been around for over 30 years, and I don’t think ANYONE made much of a fuss about it until efforts were made to include sexual orientation as a protected category.

    Jimmy LaSalvia may have a point in suggesting that hate crimes laws do not in an of themselves prevent hate crimes. What they DO, however, is make it clear that crimes of violence motivated by prejudice and hatred toward entire classes of people will be treated more seriously. This is really nothing new. Our judicial system has always taken motives into consideration when trying people who have been convicted of various crimes. That’s why we have things like 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, etc.

    As for hate crimes, they are not that difficult to delineate. If some thug spraypaints a “tag” on the side of railroad car or a highway overpass, that isn’t a hate crime. But if some skinhead spraypaints swastikas on the front of a synagogue, it IS a hate crime and deserves greater punishment.

    Likewise, if two good ol’ boys get into a drunken fight over a girl at a bar, it’s not a hate crime. But if those same guys beat up someone they catch coming out of a Gay bar, it IS a hate crime.

    Even someone as conservative as Jimmy LaSalvia should be able to see this.

  4. says

    Here’s what gets me about America – people work too damned hard to “protect their rights to carry a gun” and dont’ work hard enough to work toward creating a culture where people won’t feel the NEED TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT!

    it’s not about more of us carrying guns, it’s about working harder to create a culture where anti-gay violence is lessened.

  5. Hollywood, CA says

    That would work IF THIS WHOLE THING WASN’T MADE UP?! Are you kidding me? Was there 1 witness? It sounds off to me… What are the odds that the Executive Dir. of GOProud was not only attacked for being gay, but that he stuck his hand in his bag, and that they thugs took pause because they thought he had a gun? A little too lined up…

  6. alexInBoston says

    100+ for Chuck A.!!!
    “Jimmy LaSalvia may have a point in suggesting that hate crimes laws do not in an of themselves prevent hate crimes. What they DO, however, is make it clear that crimes of violence motivated by prejudice and hatred toward entire classes of people will be treated more seriously. This is really nothing new. Our judicial system has always taken motives into consideration when trying people who have been convicted of various crimes. That’s why we have things like 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, etc”

  7. PLAINTOM says

    Although I doubt the incident occurred it does raise an interesting question. If an anti-gay gay is attacked by an anti-gay straight is it an anti-gay hate crime?

  8. robert in nyc says

    Amazing, gay and republican? Oxymoron!

    I have no sympathy for this idiot. GOProud wants a republican in the White House at any cost, even if it means Michele Bachmann, just as long as no democrat occupies the White House. He’s delusional if he thinks a meeting with Bachmann will resolve anything. She and her Tea Party scumbaggers will NEVER accept you, moron. Face reality.

  9. Dale says

    So this GoPround doofus wants to defeat a president that has done more for his community than any preceding president. I have a hard time understanding these GOP Gays… that make my roids ache.

  10. ggreen says

    Some people will do ANYTHING for money. No matter how embarrassing or low class. Lasalvia talks like he’s from straight out of the trailer park.

  11. John M says

    what. a. fool.

    Burping up NRA talking points as usual. His personal political beliefs aside, carrying a concealed weapon would NOT have protected him. In fact, his situation would’ve probably turned out a LOT worse because even rational people tend to not function rationally when they’re being attacked. He could’ve been charged with attempted man slaughter if the gun was fired – even in self-defense.

    (disclaimer – I’m not personally anti-gun, but these NRA wingnuts really piss me off)

  12. Inside says

    Gay men and lesbians defending themselves, in any way, goes against the narrative and weakens our stance as victims. Taking a beating without resistance is the right thing to do.

  13. jaragon says

    Gay men should carry guns-we have as much right to protect ourselves as anybody else- shooting a gay bashers in the balls will help clear up their point of view ( well at least it will prevent them from breeding)

  14. Greg says

    I find it quite disturbing that anyone would make a political matter (him, or anyone here) out of defending one’s life or the life of a loved one against being bashed or even killed.

    There’s nothing “Democrat” or “Republican” about defending yourself against people that would lay a hand on you. Malcolm X knew this, and gay people continue to ignore the lessons learned because “it sounds Republican”??? Please.

    Let some thug lay a finger on me or my guy in public. It won’t end well for them, and you all can debate and call me names on internet forums all day and night if you like. Have at it. But should something happen, we’re both going home at the end of the day in one piece. And I suggest gay men and women learn self-defense and take pride in your freedom to walk the streets safely without fear of being killed, because this crap is happening way too often and it’s only going to get worse. So don’t tell me to roll up in a little ball and take it, because I’m not, and no one else should.

    It’s not personal, it’s strictly business.

  15. Carl says

    Let’s get one thing straight – an attack on any member of GOProud is PRO gay.

    Look out Jiminy – I’m packin’ ! Look at me the wrong way and I may have to ‘defend’ myself.

  16. elg says

    This guy’s politics aside, there is NOTHING wrong with gay men learning to defend themselves.

    Frankly, I’m tired of reading/hearing about gay men getting beat up/killed by anti-gay thug monsters.

    I’m looking forward to the day when I read about a gay man who was attacked by some thug and the gay man pulled out a gun and shoots the bastard.

  17. Mike says

    What an idiot!! I’m proud that I don’t have a gun. Is this what conservatives mean when they want less government, no legislation just let everyone carry a gun and make their own laws?

  18. Richard Golden says

    this man is a embarrassment to the GLBT community I do hope it was a lesbian that punched him for being a trader! wake up GOProud you have more gay enemy’s than straight ones

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