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Letter: There are at least two good reasons for hate crime legislation

Despite what Rob Port said in his Aug. 6 column, there are at least two good reasons for North Dakota to enact hate crime legislation: to prevent repetitions and break up hate groups.

The person who blows up one mosque is likely to blow up a second; putting him in prison for a very long time may not, as Port argued, provide general deterrent, but it does provide specific deterrent in that somebody sitting in prison is not likely to blow up another mosque.

Some people who commit hate crimes are lone wolves, but some are part of hate groups, and hate crime legislation makes it easier to crack down on them.

Sherman lives in Moorhead.