Our whole society is slowly going mad. Let me sum up what it is about this story and things that surround it that makes me think so.
Seemingly nice guy visits dad in Maine. Guy finds out about two sex offenders in different towns, we think through the sex offender registry. Guy borrows dad’s truck and guns. Guy kills two sex offenders. Police find him. Guy kills himself on a crowded bus. Now people talk of shutting down the registry!
And here’s a surprise for you. It’s not the first few sentences above that make me think we’re going mad, it’s the last one! chew on that for a while.
Done chewing? Now it’s my time to start. This one guy went cuckoo for cocoa puffs. Does that mean we shut down a service that probably keeps thousands of people safe? Personally, I’d like to know if neighbour Bob who keeps offering to walk with me somewhere, keeps inviting me over to his place, keeps making passes at me is Bob the nice guy, Bob the creap, or bob the rapist. I’d like to know that John who buys my son candy, if I had a son, is not John the pedophile. It’s not enough that police checks are available, because only possible employers can do them. The public has a right to know that, queue the sesame street music, the sex offender is a person in your neighbourhood, in your neighbourhood, in your neigh-bour-hoo-ood. It’s not that I’m saying the public has a right to scream, don’t throw your junk in my backyard, they just have a right to the knowledge that there *is* junk in their backyard in case it starts to stink.
Boys and girls, how many of you know the recidivism rate of sex offenders? That means the likelyhood that they’ll reoffend if you didn’t know. When it comes to, well, molesting boys and girls, it’s way too high, and when it comes to other sexual offenses, it’s way, way too high! So no matter how you slice it, the community should have the ability to find out if there’s someone they should be careful around.
It even says in the original article about this guy and what he did that the registry where they think he found his victims had been in operation for five years. So, because of one incident, should we shut them all down? Does that make any sense to you? And, why are people reacting more strongly to the idea of a sex offender registry being used as a vehicle to find victims than anything else? All the registry is is a deviant phone book. What’s stopping another guy from picking up the yellow pages and letting his fingers do the walking when he decides he doesn’t like plumbers? TV repairmen? Whatever profession someone might decide to hate? There’s no reason to freak out so much, and there’s no reason to shield sex offenders any more than anyone else! They have to face the fact that the time for the crime they’ve done, whether served in jail or in the community, is life!