Comments: In answer to your question...

Ain't that the sad truth. Damn. Just Damn.

I am more focused on the punishment, not so much because I actually believe it will stop deter future acts, but because they flippin' deserve it. I'm a firm believer that for every action is a reaction. Cause and effect. They should be punished/destroyed because it is what they deserve. Period.

Posted by Tammi at March 21, 2005 12:38 AM

I'm more worried about the "Liberal" reaction of people who will think that this resolution (or law) or that one will "fix" the problem. These are the same types of folks that think that by putting a bumper sticker on their car, or attending a march on the local green, that the problem is fixed.

I believe that that is the essential difference between current Conservatives vs. current Liberals.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at March 21, 2005 01:07 AM

Punishment doesn't deter future crime.
It only prevents the convicted from acting again.

Posted by _Jon at March 21, 2005 10:06 AM

Prevention is good enough for me.

Just remember to empty the clip.

Posted by Harvey at March 21, 2005 02:00 PM

Sally and I debate this kind of thing quite often. I think it simply boils down to that we are better at detecting this kind of thing now than we were one hundred years ago. The numbers of people doing it probably haven't risen all that much, it's just we know what to look out for now.

These people are sick. Period. And no amount of therapy will take away their urge to do this. Punishment won't make it go away (look at the numbers that re-offend within weeks of getting out again) so what do we do with them? If a person has an urge strong enough to act on it do you think any level of punishment will act as a deterrant? Nope. Even in US states with the death penalty people still commit murder (admitedly, never again once convicted).

I have no idea what to do with people like that. Anyone with kids or nieces or nephews would worry.

Posted by Alex at March 22, 2005 03:47 PM

I read this and just had to comment to Alex's comment. Johnny-Oh is my brother so he can verify. Because I thought I was very good at detecting the perverts of our world. I found I was very, very wrong. After being married for 10 years I found I had been married to one of those animals. He was messing with precious babies. Needless to say it was a horrible nightmare and I blamed myself at first. After all, I SHOULD have seen the signs but I didn't. I made it 2 weeks after finding out then called the authorities to help me retrieve my belongs and get out. (I was becoming physically ill in that short amount of time from living in such an environment.) Needless, to say he didn't know what hit him, I divorced him and have since remarried. As far as I know the only thing that's happened to him is that he was being watched closely. (not enough evidence, blah, blah blah.) My only peace is that I let his sister who's children were very young know. The only other peace of mind I have is that he'll get his in the end. Sorry, it's kind of deep but I just had to make my point. As a society I think we are only more aware. Alex you are right, we can only worry, and care enough to try to recognize the signs from our babies and teach them. The rest is beyond our control.

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