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The shit these people come up with. In a bizarre opposite marriage of viewpoints, The Washington Independent is reporting that “a small number of Senate Republicans” are looking to pad the Matthew Shephard Hate Crimes Prevention Act with a conceal-and-carry gun provision:

“It makes sense for a group of people who would be protected by hate crime legislation to support something that would let them defend themselves before or after the crime,” said one Republican Senate aid familiar with the discussions. “It’s relevant, and we want to work together with gay groups to get the message out.”

Because when crimes against gays are punished harsher than regular crimes, only the gays will have guns? Whatever, I don’t understand Congress.