Firing a gun near a park, a playground, or a school could soon carry a heavier sentence than doing so elsewhere. And if a bullet from that gun strikes a child younger than 10, the sentence would be even harsher.
A state bill that would do just that was promoted Wednesday by state Sen. Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda. The bill is called Luisitoâ€™s Law after a 3-year-old who was shot last year in August by a man who opened fire near Vidalia Park in the Bronx.
So is this like: Murdering someone in a park is worse than murdering them in an alley? Drunk driving near a school is worse than drunk driving on I-95? This is the same problem I have with bias, or hate crime legislation. A crime should be a crime, equally bad no matter where or why it’s committed.
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