New York State is just silly…
May 15, 2008 20 Comments
by the squid
Today New York State signed into law legislation which would require pedophiles to register their screen names and e-mail addresses that so they can not be used when trolling for children on the social networking sites. I am not a fan of pedophiles, they are the lowest of the low. However, I am a fan of human nature.
My spidy-sense makes me think that those who are trolling on social websites posing as teenagers looking to “score” with the under-age are not the “follow-the-rules” type of people. The new law demands that the CONVICTED sex offender notify the proper authorities within ten days of changing or adding a new screen-name or e-mail address.
“Under the new law, registered sex offenders must also disclose all their user names and e-mail accounts for the purposes of chat, instant messaging, or social networking. If they create any new online profiles, they must notify the state within 10 days or face prosecution for a new felony. “
That is just silly.
Lets assume, for argument, that a person is going to notify the proper authorities of his new e-mail address and/or screen name. This person has ten days of “free trolling” before they have to tell someone. I suspect that in 10 days, a lot of damage can be accomplished. On the other hand, for the person who doesn’t follow the law, if caught using an unregistered e-mail address and/or screen name, they will be charged with a felony. I don’t see the penalty of charging a felon with another felony.
And what about the pedophile who takes an e-mail address or screen name of an innocent person?
Chances that the morally corrupt follow the rule of the land: Nil.
Chances that the morally corrupt are found on the social network sites: Nil + 1.
Chances that this was a waste of time for the legislators and governor who signed the bill: Massive
Another argument, for a whole other day is: When does a person who has committed a horrible crime, such as a sexual assault, and served their time and paid their debt to society, get to live their life unencumbered by the law? Murderers don’t have to register as murderers, there could be one living as your neighbor and you’d never know. Murderers don’t have residential restrictions as sex offenders do. People who drive drunk and kill people are not asked to not live within 1,000 feet of a bar.
Don’t get me wrong, sex offenders are the lowest of the low and need to have harsh penalties imposed, but at what point is their debt to society paid off?