I was absolutely astonished when I read yesterday’s Buffalo News.
First off, once again, we are confronted with evidence that the state’s sex-offender civil confinement statute is far too weak. Our old friend Assemblyperson Francine DelMonte assails the toothless law that she sponsored, complaining about the high concentration of sex offenders in Niagara Falls, and demanding the other communities “share the burden” of providing homes to pedophiles and rapists:
“No one area should have to bear the entire burden.”
“All three [Niagara County] cities have major hospitals,” DelMonte said. “Bus routes exist in each of the communities. They all have housing, so it’s not a question of resources.”
In case you didn’t catch that, Francine thinks that people who live in Lockport and North Tonawanda should open their homes to perverts, pedophiles, and freaks. Which, of course, is the same approach she took last year when she demanded that a pervert be placed in a motel across the street from a Wheatfield daycare center.
If we stopped writing right there, we’d have a pretty salient post. But the thing is, Francine’s political pandering wasn’t the most offensive part of the entire article, this was:
Anthony C. Mauro, the county’s director of probation, said the state should reconsider many of the restrictive laws, making them apply only to “child predators,” not all sex offenders. He said only about one-third of those offenders truly need the restrictions.
In case there’s any confusion, what Mauro just said is this: child rapists are bad, and we don’t want them in our communities, but we can live with the freaks who rape women who are 18 and older. (As an aside, I hope to Christ Mr. Mauro is just offering his own opinion, and not attempting to speak for the entire county government on this one.)
It’s good to know such a clear-eyed lawman is protecting us. And, in case you’re wondering what Tony Mauro’s Barney Fife routine is costing our county, this year he’ll pull down a cool $103,718.
And ladies, if your premises aren’t protected by Smith & Wesson, with Tony Mauro on the job, maybe they should be.