Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Conservative View: Children and Paint Jobs

This week's Conservative View, by Adair County Commissioner Russell Turner (R-Stilwell).
The Conservative View
by Russell Turner

Children and Paint Jobs

Over the years I have observed the way children and adults care for their possessions. For the most part our responsibility of caring for our possessions is formed very early in life. I have seen children who received gifts for Christmas or their birthday; some would take care of their toys and get many hours of enjoyment while others would simply destroy theirs in a matter of moments. I have also observed adults that would buy a new car; some will care for their car and get many years of good service while others will hot rod and abuse their car and in a short period of time it will be in the local scrap yard. From personal experience it is much easier to take care of your possessions instead of tearing them up and having to buy replacements. We can understand the need to properly take care of our cars and other possessions but they pale in comparison to the need to take care of most valuable asset, our children and future generations.

Our children rely upon us adults to protect them, in my opinion anyone that would victimize a child is guilty of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. House Bill 2965, by state Rep. Rex Duncan, would expand the penalties for child molesters, allowing repeat offenders to face life in prison without parole or the death penalty. The key words in bill are “repeat offenders”. There is no excuse for anyone harming a child even once. The emotional damage inflicted upon a child will last a lifetime; unlike a car that may become damaged a simple paint job will not fix this problem. Under Oklahoma law, a child molester can face a sentence of 25 years to life for a first offense. Duncan’s legislation will increase the penalty to include a maximum sentence of life without parole. His legislation will also allow the death penalty to be considered for those convicted of a second or subsequent offense.

Thousands of years ago Jesus Christ said, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Some would say that the penalty would seem too severe, I do not agree. I have seen people get mad enough to strangle someone for scratching their auto. Our cars and other possessions can be replaced in a short period of time, our children’s well-being cannot.

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