The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Senator Shurden to Introduce to Legislation to Castrate Sex Offenders

A nice idea... at least to start with.

From the press office of Senator Shurden of Oklahoma:

"State Sen. Frank Shurden said he will once again attempt to pass a bill into law to allow the surgical castration of convicted rapists. “I’ve been fighting for this law for 28 years. We’re seeing more and more cases in the news where children are kidnapped from their homes, raped and molested by convicted sex offenders who’ve been released. It is obvious that treatment doesn’t work. Castration is what it takes to protect innocent women and children. We need to do it,” said Shurden, D-Henryetta.Under Shurden’s bill, the jury would have to determine if the crime meets at least two aggravated circumstances as outlined in the legislation. Aggravated circumstances would include the rape of a child, rapes resulting in significant physical injury to the victim, gang rapes and previous convictions for sex crimes.
In addition, a DNA test positively identifying the defendant as the rapist would be required before castration could be ordered by a judge.Similar legislation was approved by the Senate in 2004 but was not heard in the House. An earlier version of the bill passed both chambers in 2002 only to be vetoed by then Gov. Frank Keating.“No other species on the planet rapes their own young. I think it is ridiculous when people argue castration is cruel and unusual punishment. What is cruel and unusual are the unspeakable things these monsters do to their victims,” Shurden said. “We must make Oklahoma a safe place for our women and children.”

For more information contact:Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774"

Honestly, this is a good place to start. Not exactly a complete solution to the problem, but at least it shows that somewhere a political official is actually looking at the headlines, and is tired of hearing the same old stories time after time after time. I only hope that others will follow, and in following they improve upon the protection devices used to save our children.

Survivor InTexas said...

I'm not necessarily against castration. I actually rather favor it if only for the humiliation factor. I think it would be much more useful to tatoo a big "P", for Predator" on the face. Castration, after a certain young age, simply doesn't work. It may dampen the libido to a certain extent, but rapists will just reort to the use of inanimate objects, like the Boston Strangler. Hell, BTK never actually raped any of his victims. He just masturbated.

Johnny Newt said...

Yeah, i'd have to agree this seems like a lot of evergy and time spent on nonsence for nothing . Hey how about we release all the poor saps shittin' away in prison for growing a couple of harmless pot plants and make some room to lock up child molestors and rapists up until they die. then castrate them if you won't who friggin' cares !

lostinlimaohio said...

Let's face it. They are not going to stop arresting people for growing, selling, smoking pot. Or any of the other victimless crimes. They then will use the excuse that they do not have the means in which to hold the true criminals. The monsters that really do need locked up. In making tougher laws against those would would rape, molest our children, our sisters, our mothers etc... we have to start somewhere. I know that we all would prefer they start with just putting a gun to their heads and pulling the trigger. But which Washington clown do you think is willing to make that into law? Someone has to be willing to start somewhere in making tougher laws. And honesly this is better than slapping them with a few years in jail and then completely releasing them onto the public. Is it the perfect solution? No.But it beats doing nothing... and at this point I am tired of those who would do nothing. Let this be the START to tougher laws. Not the last, but the START.