keen jason matthew (jkeen@HUBCAP.CLEMSON.EDU)
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 09:49:00 -0400
I present unto the group that the real problem with the
background checks is not their goal. I do not think anyone would argue
with that. I also believe that such a goal is worth any cost. The problem
with the background checks is the precedent it sets. The problem with
child Abuse cases in general is the legal precedent they set. We must
remeber that under laws which people attempt to pass every year spanking
could become child abuse. If child abuse is redefined so, then how many
parents would not suddenly become child abusers. Don't laugh. This is not
an obscure idea that couldn't happen hear. There is a constant heated
battle in every legislature in this nation to stop such from happening.
Those of us who appose such a definition even have to fight it in the
executive branch. Imagine not being able to be a scouter (or having to
have your kid taken away) because you once disciplined your son.
The other dangerous part is that the legal precedent of innocent
until proven guilty is being overturned in the case of child abuse. Some
one says that the Constitution does not guarentee such a right. He is
right to say it does not explicitly state such a right, but the
interpretation of the Constitution for the past two hundred years has
considered that to be its meaning. He is also forgetting the clause that
says our rights are not limited to those mentioned in the Bill of Rights.
I could point out many things which are considered to be part of the
Constitution, but are not explictly stated: beauracracies, abortion,
welfare, and the Supreme Court's right to declare a law un-Constitutional
for a few.
The only way we will keep our rights is if we vigorously defend
them. I argue that the method suggested of curbing Child Abuse is in no
way the least restrictive. Remember that such actions as these we take
will have recourse beyond what we see. Also remember that even in a state
such as the ex-soviet Union where every move of the citizens was watched
there was crime.
"Give me liberty or give me DEATH."--Patrick Henry
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City