During World War II, it would have been difficult to find any civilized person, regardless of their political persuasion, who did not see the Nazi regime as pure evil. Those same civilized people accepted the notion that the only way to deal with Hitler and his henchmen was to kill them.
While the Nazis terrorized Europe and murdered and enslaved Jews (and anyone else deemed "unworthy"), child molesters are perpetrating another type of holocaust, on the children of this nation. Yet today, our so-called civilized society not only allows molesters to live, but to even re-enter the communities in which they committed their most evil deeds.
The 2005 abduction and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by convicted child molester 46-year-old John Couey, represents the strongest argument as to why the death penalty should be extended to child molesters.
Couey, who lived a mere 150 yards from the Lunsford home, entered the little girl's house in the dark of night, kidnapped Jessica, raped her, murdered her, and then buried her tiny body in a shallow grave.
Among his 24 arrests over a 30 year period, Couey was arrested and convicted of molesting a young girl in 1991. Had he been put to death for the 1991 molestation, Jessica Lunsford would be alive today.
Jessica was not only the victim of an evil human being, she was in fact the victim of a justice system which fails to protect the truly innocent.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 20 percent of all U.S. girls and 10 percent of all U.S. boys suffer some form of sexual assault, before reaching adulthood. Child molestation is in fact, a national epidemic.
The California Department of Corrections reports that over half of convicted sex-offenders return to prison, within a year of their release. That number jumps to three-fourths, after a year. In fact, 20 percent of all U.S. prison inmates report to having molested a child.
State prisons typically attempt to isolate convicted molesters from the general population, to prevent savage beatings and worse being inflicted upon sex offenders. However, incarceration does nothing to end their desire to abuse children.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the average child molester sexually abuses 117 children over his lifetime. When you consider all of the relationships that child will have (parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, spouse, their own children)--the number of lives affected by such a damaging event is astounding.
We currently deal with the molester with incarceration and so-called "rehabilitation." Once that molester is released, most states require that he registers himself as a sex-offender. There are currently more than 400,000 registered sex-offenders in the United States.
This tactic too has proved to be rather useless...
In 2009, the reported that they could not account for the whereabouts of 33,000 of their registered offenders.
When one considers that the crime of child molestation is an incredibly under-reported one, the evil that this nation's children face is overwhelming. According to the FBI, less than 10 percent of molestations are ever reported.
Put simply, we are failing to protect our kids.
It is time to demand from our legislators, that those who rob children of their innocence be put to death. It is not only a just punishment, but the most effective way to prevent more children from becoming victims.