‘In response’ letter to the editor on National City’s sex offender ordinance, for April 19, 2014
I think the point of our ordinance was missed by the April 16 editorial “Sex-offender laws lead to more crimes.”
The state has full control of residence requirements for predatory sex offenders of children. Our ordinance has nothing to do with where a person resides, but instead it addresses where they spend their time. If individuals who have proved themselves to be predatory sex offenders of children are in our communities, we want them to be with their families (if they agree), and we want them to have jobs. But we don’t want them hanging around children’s playgrounds in the park or around video arcades. That is all our ordinance addresses.
Live their lives, yes. But they do not need to be hanging around public children’s areas. Our children and their families have the right to as much protection and peace of mind that we as a society can provide for them.
National City mayor