Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog

This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase.

Representative Cicilline (D, RI-1) is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.  

Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 59% of domestic terror attacks that occurred between April 2009 and February 2015 involved a gun.

Rep. Cicilline plans to introduce the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week, and we ask that you contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of this legislation.