In Florida, 2005, 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was snatched from her bed by John Couey, a repeat offender. Jessica was the “quiet girl with the radiant smile.”
This monster sexually battered her, then buried her alive in plastic bags. When Jessica’s body was uncovered, her hands, bound together, were clutching her prized purple dolphin. It’s difficult to write this, but it happened.
An outraged Florida got it right. Exactly right. It passed Jessica’s Law. The law provides, among other penalties, a life felony with a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for lewd and lascivious molestation on a person under 12, plus, lifetime electronic monitoring and probation following imprisonment.
According to some research, seven states have failed to pass Jessica’s Law, or a version of it: Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Vermont and Colorado. In Colorado, the bill failed four times. Its left wing Democrats, strongly opposed to any version of Jessica’s Law, sent this year’s bill to “the so-called kill committee.”
Testifying before Colorado’s lawmakers, a tearful father, Mark Lunsford, had said the following: “I kneeled down and I hugged her, and I kissed her and told her I’d see her later. And the lump starts to grow and your heart just kind of stops beating.” No matter to these Democrats. They stood Lady Justice on her head. Their perverse indifference is enough to make a goat throw up. It’s one good reason I vote Republican — Republicans are not soft on crime.
And so the question for those lawmakers, who voted no, is: if Jessica had been your own Little Princess, would you have voted no? I don’t think so. So why did you?
BILL HARDER, SR., Auburn