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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Why Caylee's Law is Bad for America

Of course, it is always tragic when life ends prematurely, and it is even more so when the life belonged to a child. It is natural to want to find a way to prevent life from ending prematurely. However, what lengths are we willing to take to accomplish this goal? Several laws have been enacted because of this phenomenon. Two of these are the Brady law, and Megan's law.

The Brady bill in the 80's was introduced shortly after President Ronald Reagan was shot by Mark Hoffman. The result of the Brady bill was a number of gun laws resulting in what many would refer to as infringements on the second amendment. Of course, each tragedy involving a gun has been taken by some as a right to challenge the second amendment by introducing new legislation placing limits, definitions, and regulations on the gun industry, and more importantly, gun ownership.

In 1994, the brutal rape and murder of Megan Kanka prompted public demand for broad based community notification of sex offenders (Klaaskids). The largest result of Megan's Law is the National Sex Offender Registry.

There are many more laws on the books that stem directly from life's tragedies. Yet, I submit that we do not need additional laws for every tragic event in life.

Yesterday, we all learned that Casey Anthony was acquitted of the first degree murder charge in the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. The result has riled the masses on Facebook and throughout the nation.

Now, in the aftermath of the Casey Anthony acquittal, there is a petition to create a law, Caylee's Law, that proposes:

there should be a new federal law created called Caylee's Law that will make it a federal offense for a parent or guardian to not notify law enforcement of a child going missing in a timely manner (www.change.org)

Most responsible and loving parents will call local law enforcement in a timely manner because they know their children. But, should Caylee's Law become enacted, who will determine what a "timely manner" is? Local Police? Homeland Security? The FBI? Congress? The President? Can you say, "Expanded Police State?" Perhaps the author of the petition hasn't considered that the Casey Anthony case is that of an atypical albeit irresponsible parent? This law is not needed, nor should it be passed.

Should Caylee's Law be enacted, as it is proposed, Parents and guardians throughout the United States will be scrutinized by Federal Agents. Privacy, as brittle as it is now, will cease to be. The FBI, Homeland Security and local law enforcement will spend millions of dollars investigating parents and guardians when their kids have gone off to a friend's house without permission or notification. Parents do not need the additional burden, stress, or frustration this law will surely bring.

The end result of Caylee's Law will be nothing but bad news for Liberty loving Americans whether or not they are parents themselves. GET OUT OF MY HOUSE AND STOP TELLING ME HOW TO PARENT MY CHILDREN!!!