I was shocked a few weeks ago to show up to listen to the Commons Justice Committee debate a bill on tougher sentences for sexual predators who target children. At that hearing, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association said Bill C-54, also known as the Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act, was too tough because it had mandatory minimum sentences.
The bill seeks to raise some existing mandatory minimums from 14 days to 90 days while others would go up to one year for people who sexually abuse children. Of course, the lawyers think any minimum sentence is wrong for their clients because it ties the hands of judges, and politicians, they say, shouldn’t do that.
Funny, I don’t hear them arguing against maximum sentences using the same arguments.
Of course, the criminal lawyers are not the only ones arguing against a bill that targets pedophiles and perverts. There’s the opposition parties, all three of them.
But what really shocked me was the Universite de Montreal professor, Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, who showed up to tell MPs pedophilia was a sexual orientation just like heterosexuality or homosexuality.
Leave it to the experts.
If it were up to me, anyone who molested, raped, sexually abused a child would get life the FIRST freaking time they were convicted! No three strikes BS, no early release, no parole, none of that at all! The same for rapists frankly. Some crimes are that serious folks. Some crimes are serious enough that society can never be out at risk from that monster again!
Just to be clear, I am not talking about some 18 or 19 year-old guy having consensual sex with a 16 or 17 year-old girlfriend either, we must use some common sense in sentencing guidelines, and society is certainly not at risk from such examples as I just gave!