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Orange County works to ban sex offenders from parks

The Orange County district attorney wants a new law keeping registered sex offenders from public places

Irvine Regional Park is a restricted place listed in the new sex offender law (
Irvine Regional Park is a restricted place listed in the new sex offender law (
UPDATED: The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the ordinance Tuesday night.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ new proposed plan would keep registered sex offenders from entering the county’s parks, which includes beaches, harbors, and parks.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will review the law Tuesday.

Sex offenders who enter a park would face six months in jail or a $500 fine.

A 2006 law already prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park in California.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is planning to adopt an ordinance Tuesday that would bar registered sex offenders from entering the county’s parks — including its beaches, wilderness areas and harbors.

Some of the law’s restricted places are Irvine Regional Park, Newport Harbor, Salt Creek Beach Park, Dana Point Harbor, Mile Square Regional Park and the Orange County Zoo.


There's more beyond the surface here. Most people don't know how easy it is to get put on the Sex Offender Registry. There has been children on the sex offender registry as young as 9 years old. Punitive measures are added Ex-post facto at the whim of any politician looking to get elected (like that of the DA). Making the registrant their new whipping boy for votes. What about the rights of the registrant's child? Don't they have a right to be with their parent? These laws break more than constitutional law and the God given right (spiritual law) of a parent to be with their child but it also breaks natural law. Even a mother bear is allowed to be with her cubs, but for a registrant and their child these laws dare to break those fundamental God given rights. Really? Where are we in pre-1945 Germany? Oh, about the sheriff giving out passes for registrants to go to parks. Why would a law enforcement agency give out passes for people to break the law? Sometimes Kids get hurt in parks and beaches. Whether by falling from a tree, drowning or choking on a hot-dog. It seems okay to violate the registrant child's safety by disallowing their first line of defense (their parents) to be there. Ladies and gentlemen these kind of laws are not for freedom but tyranny. The numbers and facts don't justify these fear based draconian laws. TRUTH

I love it when people say "aren't we passing this law for the Children" and some one replies. if we follow Hilter in saying

"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation"

we might as well throw away the Constitution "for the sake of our children"

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