MADISON (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly’s majority leader hopes the courts will throw out a lawsuit in California that seeks to let sex offenders take part in Halloween.
A reform group filed the lawsuit. It claims that local ordinances in the Golden State deprive sex offenders of free speech rights, as well as their right to celebrate the holiday.
In Wisconsin, the Corrections’ Department prohibits sex convicts from taking part in all Halloween activities. That includes trick or treating, handing out candy, putting up decorations, and wearing costumes.
- Why is someone from Wisconsin worried about a law suit in California?
Some people argue that criminals who’ve served their sentences have paid their debts to society – but Suder says it’s more important that kids be protected. He tells the Wisconsin Radio Network, “We should have zero tolerance for sex offenders when it comes to them going out and trick or treating, or people go their house … The fact is, it’s too dangerous.”
- Well actually it's not "dangerous," if you review the facts. Name one child, besides the one mentioned below, who has been harmed by a known sex offender on Halloween. Just one!
The law also affects violators’ families – and Suder said that maybe the offenders should apologize to their families.
In the past, the state approved bills from Suder that requires minimum sentences of 25 years to life for first-time child sex offenders – and GPS monitoring of sex convicts. Suder also says he’ll keep working on laws that make Wisconsin a, “absolute nightmare” for sex criminals.
The fact is, not a single child has ever been sexually abused or killed on Halloween by a known or unknown sex offender (except one in 1973). This is nothing more than a moral panic (like the poisoned candy scare) not based on facts but emotions and perceived danger, which doesn't exist. Oh, and an issues that is exploited over and over by politicians who are looking for brownie points for the sheeple, or to help him/her get re-elected or to pad his/her resume for the future.
It doesn't protect children. They are more at risk of being killed by a vehicle, or cutting their hands carving a pumpkin, than being sexually abused by someone.