Thursday, September 28, 2006
My new best friend...
Some consider me paranoid - I consider myself pro-active rather than re-active.
I'm talking about keeping my kid as safe as possible. When I was a kid I walked to school every day - most times with my younger sister, sometimes alone. Almost every weekend a friend and I would walk around downtown Des Moines all day. I grew up in a house that is close to a large wooded area that has a creek running through it. All of us kids in the neighborhood spend hours everyday in those woods - especially in the Summer. This all took place in 1980's-ish.
Fast fwd 26 years later.... Would I let my kid do any one of those things? HELL NO. Not in a million years. My kid DOES NOT EVER walk down to the mailbox unless I am watching her, she does not run out to my car to get something unless I am watching her. She does not walk around the block to walk the dog unless I am with her.
I will be taking shooting lessons SOON and once I have all of my licenses and understand all of the laws regarding guns I will be buying one. I don't expect the gun to solve every problem or issue but what it will do is give me options. I have the option of fighting back, saving myself and/or my kid rather than being a victim.
Now that we are moving I do what I always do: I look at the Washington State Sex Offender Information Center. I was going to show the map of the Sex Offenders that live by me but duh... it shows my address. Instead I listed the crimes of the closest offenders, prepare to feel sick:
1. Assault W/sexual Motivation Degree: 2 Level II
2. Rape Of A Child Degree: 1 Level III
3. Rape Of A Child Degree: 3 Level II THIS OFFENDER FAILED TO VERIFY ADDRESS. THIS IS THEIR LAST KNOWN ADDRESS.
4. Rape Of A Child Degree: 1 Level III THIS OFFENDER FAILED TO VERIFY ADDRESS. THIS IS THEIR LAST KNOWN ADDRESS.
5. Rape Degree: 1 Level III
LOOK UP YOUR OWN ADDRESS TO SEE WHO (OR WHAT) IS LIVING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.