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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Re: The April 7 Point-Counterpoint on reforming Virginia’s sex offender registry:
Mary Devoy and Bill Stanley are wrong. There are more heinous crimes and scary statistics we should believe and attend to, and we should have registries for some other types of criminals. How about murderers? Or spouse and child abusers (high recidivism)? Armed robbers? Or drunken drivers (very high recidivism)?
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration claims that 10,228 people are killed by drunken drivers annually. A registry of drunken drivers would be better for public safety. If my next-door neighbor drives drunk, presenting a danger that I may run into him or he into me, I should have access to a drunken drivers registry to protect my life.
So let us get serious about registries and create them for crimes more heinous than sex offenses and crimes with higher recidivism than single-digit percentage repeat sex offenders.
I want to duplicate the printed absurdities in this Point-Counterpoint and lend my support to registries of politicians who are strangers to truth. And people who litter.
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