Disclaimer: This was published on my old Salon.com blog a couple of years ago.
Due to the horrific murder of a child in my hometown, the news people are going nuts about the residence and work restrictions for sexual predators. They are claiming that the state has not been doing a good job of enforcing the law dictating that predators cannot live or work within 1000 feet of any school. Well, I have a newsflash of my own:
CHILD MOLESTERS CAN DRIVE. AND WALK. AND RUN. ONE THOUSAND FEET IS NOT THAT FAR.
Thank you. I feel much better now. I apologize for yelling. Seriously, what Nerf brain came up with this law? Did they really expect it to keep children safe? Seriously, there are so many things wrong with this law.
First of all, children are not in school every day, or even all day. They are there for maybe a third of every day, on school days. So, that means they are not “protected” by the thousand-foot law on weekends, evenings, and all other non-school times.
Second of all, most child molesters can drive. Yes. They could possibly live and work 1000 feet, or yards, or miles from a school, and still drive to the school. I know. I was shocked as well. Unless there will be moats filled with sicko-attacking gators around schools, pedophiles can still get to the school. I bet even if we chopped their legs off (and I’m not opposed to doing this), they could still climb into wheel chairs and head over to the local elementary school. It’s just a hunch I have.
Who comes up with these asinine laws that don’t do anything? Probably the same people that decided it is ok to let these perverts out of jail in the first place. Seriously, why let them out? It’s not like they are going to stop being evil, twisted people. They are not going to say, “Oh, I was in jail. Now, I will stop molesting kids. I am rehabilitated. Hallelujah!”
OK. I’m done with my rant. I’m off to think of kittens and rainbows, and pretend that laws protect us from rotten people who don’t follow the laws of nature. [Rolls eyes and walks away]