MM12, first, no apology necessary. I welcome all discussion on the subject. The more public awareness the better. I believe it has been clearly demonstrated this method does not stop molesters nor for that matter rapist. What it might do is deter someone. I stress the worf might. The death penalty didn't stop murder.
The additional arguement that the death penalty for molesters has also been discussed at length. The arguement is that if the penalty is death it will encourage the molester to kill the child when finished. The penalty doesn't change.
Having spent, now in my 19th years trying to get molesters out of Carroll County and help the children I have two suggestions:
1. Every time a prosecutor or judge (circuit) files for election you ask them "in public" their position on the isssue. Make it a priority with them.
2. Demand life in prison without parole.
Lastly, serve on juries. We still live in a place where who you are (not just CC but America) determines both the charge and the punishment. Don't allow that to continue.
I am blessed that three of the four major missions of the foundation are now permenent serving women and children in our area, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Rape. None were here when we started in 1993. Our last, as you know is Breast Cancer and children and families in poverty. At closer to 70 than 60 my time is seemingly limited so yes, steal the thread, raise awareness and get everyone to join in to stop, the "catch and release" program that goes on in our courts with these offenders.
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die for a noble cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one" J. D. Salinger; Catcher in the Rye