In the ‘interests of the children’….

April 16, 2008

You can get any law passed.

Take this one for example:

New Bill in Maine Makes “Visual Sexual Aggression” a Crime

It might be 2008 in the rest of the USA, but in Maine, it’s 1984.

A new bill in the Pine Tree State would make it a crime to peer at children in public. It’s been asserted that some legislators can justify making any action a crime–as long as they add the magic words “for the children” to the mix.

This Maine bill adds proof to that assertion.

State Rep. Dawn Hill, D-York, is the head cheerleader for a bill only a fan of police state actions could love.

Or a police chief.

Her involvement started when Ogunquit Police Lt. David Alexander was called to a local beach to deal with a man who appeared to be observing children entering the community bathrooms. Because the state statute prevents arrests for visual sexual aggression of a child in a public place, Alexander said he and his fellow officer could only ask the man to move along.

“There was no violation of law that we could enforce. There was nothing we could charge him with,” Alexander said.

So that’s the problem: police could only ask the man to “move along”. The man had not committed a crime–at least outside of Maine.

Under the bill, if someone is arrested for viewing children in a public place, it would be a Class D felony if the child is between 12 to 14 years old and a Class C felony if the child is under 12, according to Alexander.

Don’t you just love how the government is making it easier to put you in jail? Now, before you say ‘But don’t you care about the kids?’, think about it. You now have a ‘crime’ that is a felony and NO PROOF is needed to convict! All you have to do is tell some cop that you saw so-and-so watching kids and they’ll cart him, yes- HIM, off to jail. Do you even think for one moment that this will be applied to women? NOPE!

Jail time, fines, sex offender registering, life ruined, family destroyed and no proof needed! A perfect way to get back at your ex or asshat neighbor! Or will it be the boss that fired you or some minority group that you despise?

Protecting the kids is fine, but creating laws that will do nothing but capture a large quantity of innocents. I’ve seen a few articles about the Death Penalty recently from a few lefties. They all want to get rid of it because there are a few innocent victims caught in the system. But what about all the innocent victims that this law will create?

The last two inane laws I complained about were sponsored by Republicans, this gem is by a Democrat. Maybe I need to become an Independent or Libertarian?

I’m totally against child molesters and that type of ilk, but I’m even more against laws that have such power to destroy lives without having any proof to convict. He said/She said laws are not in the publics best interest.