Jessie’s Dad…

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Date: January 19, 2015

…Snagfilms: Jessie’s Dad…

“Following the abduction and murder of his nine-year-old daughter Jessica, Florida truck driver Mark Lunsford transforms himself into one of America’s most formidable child-protection crusaders. This film follows the grieving father’s journey to seek justice for his daughter and protection for other children. After passing “Jessica’s Law” in his own state (also known as the Jessica Lunsford Act, which enforces strict penalties for sex offenders), Lunsford goes head to head with lawmakers around the country, urging other states to follow suit. Faced with public criticism and other controversies, he perseveres, determined to make a difference. From blue-collar beginnings to Capitol Hill, JESSIE’S DAD is an inspirational true story you will not forget.”

…There are a number of reasons why these types of cases drive me entirely up the wall…and here are a few of them…

As a Child Lover…this sort of thing I never want to see happen. Not only is it horrific for the child and family…but these things have a way of coming around and further devastating the social standing of Child Lovers. We undeservedly suffer the public [and legal] backlash…because people don’t take into account…most of us are not out there, taking part in things like what happened to Jessica.

As far as things which happen to people goes…what happened to Jessica Lunsford, falls firmly within the extreme freak fringe.

Statistically…what happened to Jessica Lunsford, does not happen to children…except for those ultra rare, freak instances where it does…But statistically, a child’s chance of being abducted, raped and murdered, is extremely close to non-existent.

When people like Mark Lunsford seek to create wide reaching consequence, based upon what happened in their own extreme fringe case…I take a very strong exception to it.

We should never be making decisions with extreme consequences, based upon things happening way, way, way out of the norm.

…Truth is…what happened to Jessica is not applicable, to the vast majority of cases where a legal adult is caught “getting to naughty” with a legal [but often willing] minor.

What Jessica’s Law did…was it created mandatory, minimum sentences for anyone caught having sex with a person under a certain age…twenty five years in prison, I believe…

…Even the prosecutors hated this…because 25 years is so extreme, that few people will fail to fight it…In which case, there is no plea deal…and it has to go to a costly, drawn out trial. The legal system largely depends on plea deals, to keep things moving along and not get clogged up…and it is generally harder to get someone convicted in court, than it is to negotiate a plea deal.

…So, prosecutors all over the place fought this law…and in some places, they allowed it onto the books but neutered it…

In this documentary, we see a lot of Mark’s frustration…over a lot of things…but what stuck with me, is his ill equip to deal with the political establishment…indeed, his ill understanding of it all…

I could say this of various people, who’ve tragically found themselves in Mark’s general sort of situation…and they’ve charged off to government, to “make something happen”…and force ill conceived, badly structured legislation down everybody else’s throats…

…Most of them don’t even realize, just what they are walking into…They don’t realize that it is a long standing establishment, of deeply vested interests and funds.

This establishment might use people like Mark…but only to the extent, that it serves the establishment’s existing agenda…Where people like Mark start to threaten whatever structures the establishment has already built…they will be brushed aside.

…Dirty truth is…the establishment is more interested in getting people into the criminal penal system, in keeping the beds of their private prisons full, and in fostering whatever keeps the “criminal justice system” employed and lucrative, than it is in protecting human beings of any age.

…That is not to say there are no good hearted people involved, who fight on behalf of true victims…But the system itself, as a collective…it is a disgraceful, money grubbing, human destroying, crime against humanity…One which places itself above human life, above human worth, above accountability…and which seizes the role, of enforcing public and private morals.

A few last comments…

…I am glad to see, that this documentary also covers the aftermath…how Mark’s own eighteen year old son got charged with sexual assault on a fourteen year old girl…and how Mark went on to sue his local police department…

At one point, Mark talks about how he used to be all about completely doing away with “sex offenders”…but how his own experiences with the system, has made him back away from that mindset…It’s just a quick comment, but I thought it relevant.

Early on, both Mark and his father were interrogated by the police…the father even being accused by an officer, of being behind it all [Jessica’s disappearance].

…His son getting caught up into the system, later…Mark thought it was retaliation…Though given that his son normally would have gone to prison, and been put on the “sex offender” registry for life…I find it curious, that they allowed him to plead down to a lesser crime…and essentially, he has averted all the worst penalties…including the registry…That does not sound like revenge to me…It sounds like someone was pulling strings, to be extra generous to Mark’s son…when other people’s kids would be sold down the river.

Of course…when his son’s case came about…that sexual behavior was something that Mark had no problem with…Maybe this has more to do with actually knowing the person who is caught in the system, and having a vested interest in their life?…Maybe once you actually have to realize, these are real people with real lives, and not some rapist caricature which gets fed to the system…just maybe, it starts dawning on you…that what they face is also a form of brutal injustice.

Clearly…Mark did not figure on the system being this cold and callous…

…And he wanted to expand it’s cold callousness?

See…this is why people like Mark need to remain distant from these kinds of social politics…

…They don’t understand it…They are entirely too tainted, to be objective…and they want to make mandatory rules for everyone else, based upon their extreme and irregular circumstances…

…That is just a recipe for complete havoc…and it also plays into the hand of the establishment.

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