When will it be your turn?

Megan’s Law was passed in the mid-1990s to create a publicly accessible database of all sex offenders. It was supposed to reduce sex offenses by kicking sex offenders out of the closet.

There are some immediate problems with the sex offender registry. When you create a list of all known sex offenders, that doesn’t just list all the molesters and rapists. That gets them all– even the offenders and offenses that aren’t particularly dangerous. Now we have huge, bloated sex offender registries with people that are both ostracized from society, can’t even work at Walmart or McDonalds and, aren’t really dangerous.

The ratio of people on the sex offender registries to people on the registries that are really dangerous is estimated to be about 7:1. The registries are basically useless to law enforcement. They do absolutely nothing to prevent first time sex offender. In fact sex offender registration may have actually made things worse for children. By making any sex offense basically a life sentence, it gives the offender absolutely no incentive for leaving any living witnesses.

Let’s be very honest about it: this is unconstitutional. Period. Some judges have ruled that its in the state’s interest but it attaches double jeopardy to any sex offense: the sentence for the offense and the added penalty of being listed for life.

Now it is being suggested that because most spree shootings are by white male loners that we should track them too. People with no criminal history. People with no other criteria that they are unattached. Listed and tracked like potential killers!?

Years ago there was a public outcry about crime. We had a WAR ON CRIME. We wrote a lot of laws that made it easier to jail criminals, eased rules of evidence and watered down the protections of the constitution for THOSE PEOPLE.

Years ago there was a public outcry about drugs. We had a WAR ON DRUGS. We wrote a lot of laws that made it easier to jail druggies, eased rules of evidence and watered down the protections of the constitution for THOSE PEOPLE.

Years ago there was a public outcry about perverts. We had a WAR ON PERVERTS. We wrote a lot of laws that made it easier to jail perverts, eased rules of evidence and watered down the protections of the constitution for THOSE PEOPLE.

Years ago there was a public outcry about terrorism. We had a WAR ON TERROR. We wrote a lot of laws that made it easier to jail terrorists, eased rules of evidence and watered down the protections of the constitution for THOSE PEOPLE.

When we take counsel of our fears, when we fail to protect our constitutional liberties, when we sell fear like a commodity, how long do you suppose it will take before you become one of THOSE PEOPLE!?

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