As I sit here today thinking about how to begin this article, I am watching my two little girls aged 4 and (almost) 3. With thoughts of all the deaths and abductions in my mind because of recent news stories, I am sick to my stomach with the fear of something happening to them. And although they drive me bananas sometimes, my life revolves around them, and without a thought, I would die to protect them. This brings me to the point.
Canadian laws need to change.
I am not going to list all the dozens of cases some as recent as today, the abduction and sexual assault of a teen in Alberta. Now this case has turned out better than most, she has returned home and is alive. A 56 yr old man has been charged. This could have had a much sadder ending, and we hear all too much of that almost everyday.
The problem is the sentence that is handed down to criminals in this Country. The current prime Minister is trying to toughen up the laws and penalties but he is facing an uphill battle. It is beyond me why anyone would want to be soft on crime. It makes all of us less safe. Attorneys in this Country and across the globe have to change the way the law is practiced. Especially the defence lawyers. Today going to trial is not about getting to the truth and punishing someone for a crime. It is a facade. It is a disgrace. The Crown Attorney tries to punish the wrong doer and protect the public. And the defense is ONLY concerned with getting their client “off”.
In Alberta a trial is about to begin concerning the young man that was brutally murdered last year on a greyhound bus.Â There is no question that the man charged is guilty. No one is arguing this. But they are suggesting he should get “mental” treatment instead of any criminal punishment. Now, wait a minute hold the phone and stop the bus. This guy was out talking and smoking with passengers just before this happened. He was not acting strangely then. Either a person is mentally ill or they are not. Which is it? Granted it is a bizarre act. Then what makes the “doctors” think they can “cure” this person. How many criminals re-offend after being released for good behaviour or “cured” of a mental illness. Too many for me to think about.
Then we have Haleigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony. One little girl apparently abducted and missing, the other murdered and her mother is charged with the crime. We don’t know what has happened to little Haleigh yet other than she is missing, but we know all to well what has happened to sweet innocent Caylee. Is “mental illness” going to rear it’s ugly head in the defense attempts to get “her off”? Has Casey Anthony acted like she is mentally ill? For 31 days while her daughter was “abducted” she was partying like it was 1999. Strange behaviour under the circumstances absolutely, but mentally ill?
Until the laws in our Country start to concentrate once again on keeping us safe, and punishing those that do wrong as harshly as possible none of us will be safe. And I will never be able to KNOW my children will be safe.