Far be it for me to agree with Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito, but sometimes my Irish gets the best of me.

The Supreme Court struck down the death penalty for child rape convictions. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority opinion, states: “The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child.”

Oh yeah? Tell that to a parent who has to pick up the pieces of their child’s life destroyed. Tell that to any child who has survived such an attack.

The justices cite that such penalties constituted cruel and unusual punishment. I offer a few of the following as rebuttal:

•The typical offender is male, begins molesting by age 15, engages in a variety of deviant behavior, and molests an average of 117 youngsters, most of whom do not report the offense.
-Dr. Gene Abel in a National Institute of Mental Health Study.

• More than 1/2 of all convicted sex offenders are sent back to prison within a year. Within 2 years, 77.9% are back.
-California Department of Corrections.

• Recidivism rates range from 18-45%. The more violent the crime the more likelihood of repeating.
-Studies by the state of Washington.

• 3 in 10 child victimizers reported that they had committed their crimes against multiple victims: they were more likely than those who victimized adults to have had multiple victims.
-BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991.

• Like rape, child molestation is one of the most underreported crimes: only 1-10% are ever disclosed.
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

• The behavior is highly repetitive, to the point of compulsion, rather than resulting from a lack of judgment.
-Dr. Ann Burges, Dr. Nicholas Groth, et al. in a study of imprisoned offenders.

And, unfortunately, I could go on.

I don’t have children but I have nieces and nephews for whom I wouldn’t hesitate to cut a thumb off for and you can be damn sure that if anyone perpetrated such crime upon them, I would be hunting that offender down with dogs, guns and immeasurable fury. Children are the most defenseless of our population and if these people are not going to be kept off the streets, then they need to be done away with.

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