Here’s how lawyer Matthew McLaughlin’s initiative would actually pan out.
1. Assuming you kill 1.4 million people (approximate LGBT population of California) and congressional seats are based on population, you would lose two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. Next, consider that the median income of Californians is $61,000 and the average household size is 2.9 people. The average state income tax rate is 8%. Killing off the LGBT community would cause a loss of $40 million in tax revenue in California each year. The Fed would be out $112 million annually.
3. Finally, the average additional cost associated with a capital punishment trial is $1 million per person. Multiply that times 1.4 million LGBT and well, you do the math.
I believe not only should this “attorney” be disbarred, he should also be charged with all applicable crimes. Matthew G. McLaughlin is perhaps proposing killing more people at one time than were killed at Auschwitz during World War II.
We must accept that Mr. McLaughlin is entitled to his freedom of speech, however when an action is taken (filing of the petition) toward killing the people of the LGBT community, that action ceases to be encased in freedom and makes a transfer to criminality.
Brian A. Duryea
New York City
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(Editor’s note: To submit a comment to the California Attorney General’s Office about the Matt McLaughlin’s “Sodomite Suppression Act,” click HERE. Comments will be accepted through March 28, 2015.