Proposed Kansas law conflates sexual offenses with murder

Topeka, Kansas . . . A Bill introduced in Topeka would change the way juvenile sex offenders are treated by the state.

The bill would require juvenile offenders convicted of violent acts to register on the public registry.

Representative John Whitmer supports the bill. He says offenders who are convicted of lesser crimes would not be subject to the new law.

The push for the law came after a Newton mother and daughter were killed in their home last year.

Alyssa Runyon and Zaylynn Paz were murdered by Keith Hawkins who was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child when he was only 12-years-old.

“I think this serves the public interest by at least making that information available readily available to the public so that you can make informed decisions on who you invite into your home, I mean you’ve got to make sure that people who have this kind of history at least that information is available to the public,” says Whitmer.

The bill will go through another hearing next week.

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      Saddles

      One has to feel sorry about someone killing another human being and when it involves a teenager gone bad that is a bit hard on everyone. Yes the law is there to protect and serve in this public type setting when one is involved in a murder type situation of this nature.
      Of course their are alternative’s to everything. Yes police are their to protect and serve the public in public type settings. Sure its tough for adults that have to go thru some of these types of ordeals but anymore different states have different laws about these situations.
      Anymore most states just dab you violent sex offender and that takes care of that whether you murdered someone, touched someone, or not. While I can’t judge another’s thinking or actions or reason’s. I’m sure we all have some sympathy and compassion or we all should. Sure warning the public is good in certain circumstances to help adjust one’s actions if that’s the action one wants to take but we all have to understand that no two people are the same.
      We all do have a moral responsibility to help others but in this case I would have to just throw up my hands and say that would be a judgment call that can way on one’s conscious in this really bad circumstance.

      I wouldn’t want to make that decision. I wouldn’t want to even make a decision on a lot of the people on here but killing is still killing and taking another person’s life.

      Sandy that is a tough call as the boy still can be forgiven and also rehabilitated. Sure we all are born into trouble but but taking someone’s life is a call I would not want to make but for registry’s sake I can understand with this type of ordeal. But in the end for public safety’s sake that can be toss up its just like gun control also if one would like to say a registry for gun control. I don’t know about this new age world sometimes. I think if we all brought back some Christianity in the schools or morals things would be a lot different.

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      Anthony

      Crazy and Demonic run away legislature thinks it can pass any bill to cure societies ills. Really hard up to place any crime online to continuously shame and punish. That is not a deterrent period.

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      david

      We (society) need to start saying “no” to victims. Terrible things happen but to punish 1000’s over 1 highly unusual event is not the solution. Are we to equate being on the registry with having a predisposition to violence?

      How about domestic violence? Or any non-sexual violent crime like reckless endangerment? That would still be wrong, but at least it would be consistent.

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      Saddles

      Sandy I image we might as well typecast all that carry pocket knives as violent and volcano’s violent or even those that carry lighters as violent. And you know some volcano’s never erupt and stay dormant for 100’s of years. Only thing is we are talking humans. Hey their is even some pulp sex paperback material that are violent sold today that are just as violent but public allows it because the State makes money off of it. It amazes me in this day and age what is considered violent to one these days, or should we learn to live in a peaceful world.
      I believe its these law’s that are dangerous today to make some politician more noteworthy. I believe that’s called vain glory, and in the end their still sinners just like the bible tells us.

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      JZ

      Floriduh has long conflated sex offenses to the status of murder. This is nowhere more apparent than Amendment 4 on November’s ballot:

      Florida Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative
      A “yes” vote supports this amendment to automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation.

      “Felony sex offense” is a red herring, all sex offenses in Floriduh are felonies. If they weren’t, people wouldn’t have lost their right to vote. “Automatically restore” is also a red herring, by including parole and probation, they are still delaying the right to vote for an average of five more years.

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      David Mills

      If you want to do something noble make a law that says all sex outside of marriage is illegal. Actually everyone that claims to be a Christian already has that law. MAYBE we should start a sex offender registry for that. That would be more of a deterrent to sexual crimes than what we have now. And it wouldn’t be hypocritical and unjust than.

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