Let me begin by saying that for the most part I believe everyone deserves a second chance. But when it comes to these monsters that prey on innocent children, well I guess I have to say, I can’t see much sence in giving them a second chance to destroy the life of another child.
At the present time there is a lot of talk in the local community about how to treat these monsters. This is because of the case of Dr. Bradley who it seems may have raped over a hundred children , some as young as just a few months old. If this is not the definition of pure evil then I’m not sure what is. There is also the case of Sarah Foxwell, the eleven year old Salisbury girl who was kidnapped and murdered by the former boyfriend of her guardian who was also a twice convicted sex offender and listed as a high risk on the sex offender registry. We have also heard now of a fifty-seven year old man in Dover who molested a seven-year old girl, he too was a registered sex offender.
I think we can clearly see that registering these monsters does nothing to stop them from repeating their crimes. All too often they fail to register and are lost to the system until they are caught for another offense.
So what is the answer? Well tougher laws that keep these evil animals away from society is a good start.
I believe that anyone who would rape or molest a child under the age of twelve should be eligible for the death penalty. Anyone who would rape or molest a child between the age of thirteen and eighteen should receive a life sentence.
Currently Delaware State Representative John Atkins is proposing legislation that he says is intended to make Delaware the most un-welcome place for sex offenders. I commend Mr. Atkins for being out front on this issue.
He has proposed several new laws and enhancements to existing laws to achieve his goal.
First he is calling for truth in sentencing, so that a twenty year sentence means they serve twenty years. The problem is what we need are mandatory sentences with no discretionary powers for the liberal judges that might be hearing the case. That is up to the legislature to set.
Mr. Atkins is calling for a life sentence for a second offense, well I have already stated that I do not feel that they should be allowed out to have a second chance. Again we need sentences that keep these animals away for life at a minimum.
And this is where I think Mr. Atkins has gone in the wrong direction, he proposes repeat and high risk offenders to have a special mark on their drivers licenses, on their car license plate, he wants them to register their Internet domain names and chat room identities, and he wants those who are to be released from prison to be chemically castrated.
The trouble with all of Mr. Atkins proposals, is that they still allow these monsters to move among the rest of civilized society.
What we need are laws, that once these monsters are identified , they are never allowed to be around normal people again. There should never be a repeat offender. I say that once you have proven that you can not be trusted around children and others, that you should be locked up at the very least, and put to death for crimes such as Dr. Bradley has been accused of. And one other thing, when we send them to prison, let them fend for themselves among the general population. No special treatment or security for them. Let them know how it feel to be the prey.
In Africa they kill man-eating lions , right here in America we put down dangerous dogs that attack people, how is this any different from these animals who rape and murder the weak and innocent ?
This is not a criticism of Mr. Atkins or his attempt at doing something about this problem, I just personally do not think that he has gone far enough.
And if our legislature can’t keep these monsters away from us, then turn them over to us. I’m sure that if after they are convicted by a jury, if the state would announce a time and date, and a location for releasing these animals, I suggest somewhere around Bridgeville or Gumboro, that there are some fathers out there that will know how to deal with these rabid dogs.