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If Drunk Drivers Were Treated like Sex Offenders…

Nobody likes sex offenders. People aren’t very fond of drunk drivers, either. In fact persons convicted of DUI, DWI are thousands of times more likely to be involved in the same type of crime again, and kill or injure far more people including children and young adults each year than previously convicted sex offenders. But no matter how egregious the crime, both groups are entitled to the same rights under our Constitution. In particular, after they complete their punishment, they should be DONE and able to start over. If they offend again, then the punishment should be swift and more harsh. Their families, especially their children, should not be harassed and ostracize simply for living with a former offender. This is what we, as Americans, expect from our legal system and from each other. This satirical analogy is intended to show just how far from those expectations our government’s treatment of sex offenders has become. Hopefully you will agree that this “fake history” is absurd, unconstitutional, and would cause much more harm than good. Unfortunately, it has direct parallels to what has really been happening to sex offenders and their families.

If Drunk Drivers Were Treated like Sex Offenders… Full Article

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  1. AJ

    If this op-ed weren’t spot-on true, it would be humorous. Unfortunately, those who need to read this op-ed and see the message, won’t.

    –AJ

    • DPH

      The Past 12 years, I have stated over and over…The DUI folks who Maim, Injure, loss of life of others, dismember SHOULD ALSO BE ON A WEBSITE! 1st Offense or NOT, Watch out for these people, male or female and what about the Murders? Repeated Offenders, WHY NOT? RC/s recidivism IS LESS THAN!

  2. Michael

    It’s a ridiculous article. There is no hysteria over drunk drivers, and that same question could be asked about anything.

    “If Republicans was treated like sex offenders…”

    “If bible thumpers were treated like sex offenders…”

    “If grocery shoppers were treated like sex offenders…”

    Are there no Republican, drunk driving, bible thumping, grocery shopping sex offenders?

    Server space is better utilized when people talk about it using real data that proves the opposite of what proponents of the registries claim.

    ….

    • AlexO

      I think that’s the point of the article. There’s a needless hysteria applied to SO’s when more harm is done by other crimes for which there is no registry.

      • Michael

        @AlexO

        There is no point to the article. The article is comparing apples to oranges. The classification of crimes are horses of different colors. Murder is not treated as heinous a crime, nor are murderers as stigmatized as sex offenses are.

        If –INSERT ANYTHING HERE– were treated like sex offenders is a meaningless statement. They are not, and the chances they would be are slim to none.

        ….

    • mike

      He is giving you a scenario of the same idiotic laws passed on So’s when there rate of recommitting is lower than 5 percent the rest of the crimes are at 30,40,50 percent and higher except for murder an that’s because there in prison so this histeria about So’s is way off track is what he was trying to get across

  3. Joe123

    “Nobody likes sex offenders”, because people don’t actually know what a sex offender is! Maybe if the Media didn’t just push propaganda that the one serial child molester represents the other 850,000 people on the registry, then maybe there would be a chance that sex offenders wouldn’t be looked at as horrific. There would actually be a chance to pass laws that HELP kids, not destroy families on the registry and take away constitutional rights! Anyone pushing the sex offender agenda is UN-AMERICAN. End of story.

  4. Nicholas Maietta

    I am glad to see this re-published from years ago, now also on this website. BTW, i notice Tiger Wood all over the news in the last day.. then vanished from news, for DUI in Florida. He’s NOT being treated like other drunk drivers and articles seem sympathetic in a way.

    Sickening.

    • Eric Knight

      Woods wasn’t drinking. He was on prescription drugs from his back operation. Not defending his driving under the influence (and he should be prosecuted), but I think most people assume he was drinking, which to most people is much worse (along with illegal or legalized recreational drugs) than being affected by doctor-prescribed drugs for existing pain.

      • Nicholas Maietta

        Yeah, this is the problem with the media grabbing onto stories and running with it. If i did that, i’d be sued for defamation and libel. I of all people should know better not to pass judgement on people, potentially even after a conviction.

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