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AR: Arkansas Sex offenders barred from Halloween activities with new law

[myarklamiss.com – 7/25/19]

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — We are less than 100 days away from Halloween, and after Wednesday, parents won’t have to be as scared about sending the kids off to trick-or-treat.

Nothing is more important to Jennifer Quick than her four kids.

“My children’s safety is a top priority,” she said.

And as Act 463 goes into effect, she takes a sigh of relief.

“I feel like the lawmakers finally putting in some effort towards the safety of our children is a big deal and I think it’s a good reflection of the government right now,” said Quick, a mother of four.

The new law stops registered sex offenders from participating in things like wearing costumes and handing out candy when Oct. 31 rolls around.

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  1. G4Change

    Another solution looking for a problem. Dumb asses!!!!

    • Bob

      Someone should give the news, the crime clearance rates for sex crimes down there. All this crap about safety when 80% of crime goes without an arrest.

  2. NorthEastPENN

    From the article:

    “Quick says in today’s day and age, it’s hard to leave her kids alone in the dark.”
    Then leave a night light on for the kid. That will do more good than this law will !!

    But now, she has more confidence they’ll be protected.”
    Not with this law they won’t be. Did they bother to check when the last time a child was bothered by a s#x offender during trick or treating – No!! A law to give her more confidence that her child will be safer during trick or treating is a new driving law possibly. How many accidents have been reported during trick or treating of children being hit by cars. So maybe a law then that bars any one from driving in the area within two weeks of and after trick or treating. Sounds absurd correct? But it would cut down on injuries; not like this law that will do nothing to protect children.

    “I feel like the lawmakers finally putting in some effort towards the safety of our children is a big deal and I think it’s a good reflection of the government right now,” said Quick, a mother of four.”
    Another “Feel Good” law to make it look like they are earning their pay.

    • Mathewll

      Ok, in the song she leaves him, but hopefully the outcome is the same here,

      • Les Mis Life

        The ironic part of Halloween
        Is I’m in more danger from your teen.
        For that’s the night when hoodlums roam.
        And do the damage to my home.

        The people all want it.
        Law makers comply.
        You must be a fool,
        If you cannot see why.

        This checking up PR police work they do,
        Is preventing them all from pro-tecting you.
        Kids run in the road.
        And cars will not stop.
        While I’m home in the dark-
        Awaiting the cop.

        The biggest crime, though is somethin’: you applaud that my kids may not carve a pumpkin.
        No outside decor. No parties. No friends. For their sake more than mine, I hope that it ends!

  3. Will Allen

    So funny. I love these Halloween “laws”. They just demonstrate so well that “people” who support the Registries are complete morons. Obviously these criminal legislators just have way, way, way too much time on their hands. It is hilarious that they ever think they’ve fixed all the problems in their state to the extent that they can concern themselves with Halloween. So funny.

    “People” who support this kind of stupidity and harassment simply need to be kicked out of Amerika. Let’s replace the morons with some decent immigrants who believe in freedom, minding their own business, and leaving other families alone.

  4. troy

    I prefer not giving your brats candy anyway never did never will I also keep my front light off too

    • Will Allen

      Personally, I think all Registered Families should do what I do every Halloween. I go out in my car, drive around, and check out all the Halloween decorations, celebrations, and adults and children trick-or-treating.

      And a hint for the geniuses that support Halloween “laws” – if I was ever up to something, I would take a vehicle that I don’t own, with the plates changed, and would be far from my home.

  5. Looking for answers

    Poor Jennifer (in the article). She seems to be completely naive and misinformed. Just one of many mothers who probably didn’t have the opportunity to go to college or work and simply started pumping out kids early so she believes everything politicians and police tell her makes her kids safe. I truly feel sorry for people that naive. Hopefully she can someday learn the truth, and hopefully she is open to learning something out of her “zone”.

    • Mathewll

      F’ing southern shit! I don’t feel sorry for her, and after her husband dumps her and she spends 15 years at minimum wage with no pay increase (listen to “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” by Mary Chapin Carpenter) she will realize life’s reality. They don’t believe in science, knowledge in general, freedom, Christian love or care for they fellow man, and are as stupid as dirt. I am glad I live NOT in the south. Everything south of the Mason Dixon can become its own third world country. They are taking more of our taxes than they bring in and are not worth it, and should have been let go a long time ago.

  6. TS

    And for good measure, two weeks after Halloween also because we all know everybody’s still wearing costumes November 1st through 14th.

  7. Bill

    What a fool wait until her kids gets run over by a drunk driver.

    • G4Change

      @ Bill: EXACTLY!!!! I’m sure being hit by a car is the number 1 threat against children on Halloween. I don’t seem them forcing convicted drunk drivers to stay away from Halloween activities even though they have a very high recidivism rate. This is total crap!!!

  8. AJ

    “as Act 463 goes into effect, she takes a sigh of relief.”
    —–
    A sigh of relief? Oh come ON lady. You need to get yourself into a fetal position and cry yourself into a coma.

    Same stupid sheeple finding some perverse comfort in a useless law. I’m sure the rash of abductions and such that AR has suffered will come to a screeching halt. Speaking of screeching halts, a car smacking into little Bubba is a bigger concern. Or perhaps bigger kids stealing candy and/or beating up the younger kids.

    As @G4Change says, a solution in search of a problem.

    • Mp

      I did Laugh out Loud….”oh come on lady…..into a coma” That was funny.

  9. Political Prisoner

    Quick said she has a lot of faith in the police yet just about every day you read about a police officer involved in a sex crime of some sorts.

  10. mk

    How about she go with them to trick or treat??????? IF you are that paranoid, dont let them play outside either lady.

    • Will Allen

      Umm, that would take work and responsibility.

      Why be a parent when you can let big government pretend to protect you? And feel all self-righteous and moral?

  11. Eric

    I don’t know about all the country, but In California there has never been a single case of a person on the registry violating a child trick-or-treating, and thanks to ACSOL most of these ignorant, fear mongered laws have been overturned–and miraculously, offenses are still at zero. Now muggings, beatings, wilding, drive-by-shootings, that’s a different story, fairly common on Halloween.

    • Dustin

      The only case of a sex offense committed on Halloween was in Fon du Loc, Wisconsin in 1973 – the unfortunate rape and murder of Lisa Ann French by Gerald Turner.

      Two points of note. First, he Halloween law/rule lunacy didn’t take effect for roughly 20 some years later, during which not one single child sex crime related to Halloween or trick-or-treating was even alleged. Second, Turner had no priors (sexual or otherwise), so even if such laws/rules were in effect, it wouldn’t have changed anything that happened that night in 1973.

      • Joe

        I remember reading that this murderer! was in a relationship with the poor girl’s mother, and that the victim went over to his house. Just so happened to be on October 31. Had really nothing to do with Halloween / Trick or Treating.

        In summary, a person with a close relationship (mother’s new boyfriend – what are the odds) without any sex offense record (what are the odds) inside his home (what are the odds). Shocking!

  12. From a distance

    Ms. Jennifer Quick is looking for headlines. She is a publicity seeker. Her husband committed suicide (PTSD) and she now has a “go fund me” page. She is using her children as a prop for sympathy. Shameful.
    The over zealous local police are looking for easy ways to justify their existence by looking for easy targets.
    It unfortunately disallows Registrants with children from participating in their child’s events. Again , shameful.

    • NorthEastPENN

      @From a distance – “She is a publicity seeker. Her husband committed suicide (PTSD) and she now has a “go fund me” page. She is using her children as a prop for sympathy. Shameful.”

      Most of us can agree with this statement you have made. Sounds like a “Self Proclaimed Crime Fighter Hero” we all know by the name of JW that uses his sons tragic death to make himself millions and millions of dollars. Now he has his other son CW in on the action now.

  13. SR

    But to really feel safe, Quick wants to know how it’ll be enforced.

    “These officers know these people by sight so if they were out, they would be able to recognize them,” Sgt. Murphy said.

    _________________________________________________________________________________

    Wow! She should sue Sgt. Murphy and the department for outright lying to her. Does she really believe the entire police department memorized the faces of the dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of RC’s across the state to recognize them by sight?

    • HopingForHope

      I’d like to see them recognize faces with a clown mask on….

      • SR

        I didn’t even think of that! I was thinking more generally. Yup. I’d love to see how they’d recognize individuals who have “broken the law” by wearing costuming that conceals their faces.

        Amazing the straight up lies people believe that can be disproved with barely any thought given to the matter.

      • AJ

        @HopingForHope:
        “I’d like to see them recognize faces with a clown mask on….”
        —–
        Those aren’t masks they’re wearing, they truly are clowns. Oh wait, you weren’t talking about the idiots dressed up as what in a quainter time was called a “peace officer.”* Never mind.

        *Peace officer gave way to police officer gave way to law enforcement officer. Does anyone else see the shift these terms represent, from peace to aggression? They sure as H3ll have nothing to do with peace anymore!

    • Looking for answers

      @SR, hahaha! Seriously! Good point- Unless the population is under 100 people, there is no way.

      Wonder if she is at all worried about her kids attending schools now that we know LE will do nothing to stop a school shooter?

      That is sad about her husband passing, but she should know how these laws give registered persons, their families and children PTSD, and also current problems.

  14. Anonymous

    I go out on halloween if I need to shop, or see a friend or eat. Come and get me. I have a civil rights lawyer and plenty of money to back him.

  15. Tim in WI

    Being afraid is Halloween tradition.
    Love the way Hoover mothers steal Halloween from their kids.
    Too dumb to help women like that.
    All unenforceable w\o SOR broadcast.

  16. Nondescript

    I’m always curious to read the actual text of the law after reading these hyperbolic articles . And sure enough this one is no different than the rest. Act 463 does NOT apply to all registrants, and there are many “exceptions” . A registrant can wear masks and costumes while taking their own child trick or treating as well as sell candy in a retail setting to any child while in costume. Ridiculous law nonetheless.

  17. Dray

    Well here in Rialto, ca we have had and ordinance banning us from passing out candy or decorating or turning lights on for years I signed the paper every time I go into register nothing new here

  18. wags

    this is one of those laws i just shrug my shoulders at. It does absolutely nothing to keep kids safer and in reality it does nothing to me. ok so i can’t decorate for holowwen or go trick or treating. considering what some states like Florida and i forget the one that made it illegal to live with family? yeah it’s a irritation if anything.

    Though i have heard horror stories from others on the SOL about it. that they have to go into the jail on holloween and spend the evening listening to people talk. Or that they get visits from officers a few times trying to catch them doing anything.

    • AJ

      “they have to go into the jail on holloween and spend the evening listening to people talk.”
      —–
      I recall this story last October on here with some county in GA. I’d like to know how it’s even close to constitutional. I’m stunned someone hasn’t sued the sh!t out of the Government over this. Talk about violating someone’s rights!

  19. Harry

    “Nothing is more important to Jennifer Quick than her four kids.
    “My children’s safety is a top priority,” she said. I notice that she is letting her kids around water. Kids drown weekly. She gives or let her kids in ride cars. How many kids die in automobile accidents? She sends her kids to school where they have a greater chance being shot, bullied and sexually assaulted by school staff that cleared back-ground check.

  20. NorthEastPENN

    As she stated –

    “— Nothing — is more important to Jennifer Quick…”

    Well she got it as this law does —- Nothing —-

  21. The Vampire

    Most Laws are traps to catch peoples money!Then you have feel good laws to make people shut the F -up ! Those laws are the ones to be shot down! And i agree with all of you on here. The parents who ask for big government to make laws to protect there kids dont care about there kids. They want big government to be there baby sitter. Who will do nothing to watch the brat kid/kids. But big government will pass the useless law to shut the fat b@%@ss lady up! I sorry but i really feel parent should be held responsible 1000% If your child get taken or molested or what ever you the keeper of your child and you drop the ball and then blame someone else for YOU not watching your kid/kids! Parents should be first line of defence not big daddy

  22. The Vampire

    Adam Walsh should be on murder charges as for his wife Too both Did not watch there kid! But put the blame on the people of this land for there F-UP And we the people have to PAY this A@@hole cause him and her didnt watch there kid! They need to go to jail for blaming US! Like we are too watch the kid for him

    • Joe

      In a sane world the AWA would address negligent parents whose children come to harm due to their failure to properly supervise their offspring.

      In a just world John Walsh would be on the SO registry and subject to the AWA for dating his (now) wife when she was 16 and he in his mid 20s in New York (Rape of a Child, 3rd degree).

  23. 290 air

    So what defines a costume? If you are a cross dresser can you not dress up like a woman/man on Halloween? What about fruit? Can you hand out fruit on Halloween, just not hand out candy? Seems like some pretty vague descriptions here.

  24. Facts should matter

    “Nothing is more important to Jennifer Quick than her four kids.”

    Shut up! Karen!

    Damn self-entitled Millennial snowflakes wanting “safe places” for kids.

  25. Joe

    Calendar and temperature indicate middle of summer, mindless hysteria will make you believe it is late fall. Time flies….

    While many people support these silly laws, a lot people seem to support changing the date of Halloween to the last Saturday in October. I believe it when it happens.

    https://movieweb.com/halloween-petition-date-change-trump/

    Because…. RSOs – a threat so great that they are a never-ending source of criminal holiday laws – are less likely to abuse random trick or treaters on a weekend? Har har.

    And there you have it. The greatest threat to children on Halloween is traffic. We care enough about children to infringe on the rights of thousands but not to change the date of an unofficial “holiday”.

  26. Jack

    Simple solution, always have a responsible adult with the kids when going door to door and problem solved.

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