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House Proceeding 04-28-09 on Apr 28th, 2009 :: 2:26:10 to 2:29:15
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Steve King

2:26:06 to 2:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: every life in america is important. but this doesn't do that. and what saddens me greatly is that the bottom line of this hate crimes bill is -- this is the message that goes out from this hate crime bill we'll vote on tomorrow, if you're going to

Steve King

2:26:10 to 2:29:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

2:26:29 to 2:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: hurt me, shoot me, brutalize me, please don hate me, make it a random, senseless act of violence. that's what this says and that's why this should not become law. thank you and i thank my friend from iowa and yield back. i very much thank the gentleman

Steve King

2:26:51 to 2:27:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: from east texas r his clarity wi his understanding of this legislation. i'd like to point out, mr. speaker, that i have sat with our committee staff, sat with my own staff. i have gone through this language, i've looked for a way that there's a consistent index between the definition in this legislation and understanding of what it does. it doesn't exist, it's ambiguous, it's ambiguous and it runs icontradiction to the

Steve King

2:27:15 to 2:27:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: existing statute that it references, that the gentleman from texas spoke to, one of them is the crime of violence definition and the other is the hate crime definition. but also the definition that's in the bill for gender identity, when i asked the question, what is gender identity? and the answer that i received back in committee from the gentlelady from madison, wisconsin, was, it's defined in

Steve King

2:27:37 to 2:27:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the bill. don't you know? well, it is defined in the bill. it says gender identity means actual or perceived gender-related characters. now, so i think, all right, i'm this midwestern guy. we have a number of different kinds of fence posts. some of them are hedge posts, some are cedar posts, some are

Steve King

2:27:58 to 2:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: pine pressure-treated, some are steel, you name them, we've got them. we have electric fence posts as well. a whole different bunch of varieties. if i would define a fence post as, well, actual or perceived character statistics of fence posts, you -- characteristics of fence posts, you get the idea of what gender identity is when

Steve King

2:28:19 to 2:28:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it's the actual or perceived gender characteristics. it's no definition at all. this definition will be defined by lawyers and judges, some activists, some that want to adhere to the law, none, if this legislation is passed, would be able to go back and track the definitions in this legislation to determine the intent of congress, except to offer ac

Steve King

2:28:41 to 2:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: byuality -- ambiguities. crime of violence means the threatens use of physical force against the person or property of another. but the bill doesn't say property. it says the person. but the definition in the bill says person or property. a hate crime means a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim

Steve King

2:29:04 to 2:29:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: or in the case of a property crime, the property is the object of the crime, but the bill doesn't say property. it says a person that possesses these special protected characteristics which makes them

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