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By Elizabeth Carter:
There are almost 700,000 registered sex offenders across the country, and experts say the system is overwhelmed. It is a vexing issue. How do you balance proactive policing with the constitutional rights of sex offenders once they’ve served their punishment and are free to go? The registry is double jeopardy for those who completed their sentence before the registry existed. On July 25, 2008, the Alaska Supreme Court declared Sex Offender Registration Act unconstitutional. We all know how much money the government makes yearly off of criminals. That means creating these registries just so innocent people will be motivated to commit a crime by killing or assaulting sex offenders. Politicians and the media make a big ordeal about keeping our children safe, well sex offenders are not the only people harming our children.
Each year the number of children who die in America is staggeringly high. However, numbers always seem to confuse the mix so to take it a step further, I’ve provided some totals. In 2005, there were 555 cases of infanticide in the United States. All were victims under the age of 5 and all were murdered, with 60 per cent of them dying at the hands of their parents. Add that to the 250 innocent children between the ages of 5 and 14 who were murdered during that same year and the blood count soars to unspeakable numbers. These are children killed senselessly at the hands of another out of anger, panic, revenge or in a desperate attempt to end perceived suffering. The bottom line is that factual accounts show that thousands of children are dying on our own soil every year for reasons such as abuse, neglect, murder, alcohol and drugs.
Since the government refuses to reform the SOR they need to make the same stipulations on child abductors, child murderers, child abusers, etc.. DO NOT discriminate against sex offenders only. To make my point, if something were to happen to my child I would rather have them sexually assaulted than murdered; at least I would still be able to hold my child and tell them how much I love them. NOTHING is worse than a parent having to bury their child and knowing they will NEVER, EVER see them again. Hopefully you catch my point.