The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a law that would require ice cream vendors be screened; given a criminal background check, fingerprinted and licensed. The board is worried about the possibility people with ill intent toward children might use an ice cream truck as a Trojan horse to pray on the young.
How many cases of refrigerated pedophiles attacking children have prompted the board’s concern? None. According to our report by Susan Hirasuna, this preemptive move is all because of one complaint from a parent about an ice cream truck possibly following a child.
But that is one complaint too many for Supervisor Don Knabe who said, "As the ultimate safety net for our most vulnerable residents, we have a responsibility to protect our young children…" Really Mr. Supervisor? Actually, the ultimate safety net should be a child’s parents. I know, you’ll say that parents aren’t always there, aren’t always fit to be parents. Well then, let’s give THEM the criminal background check and pre-screening before letting them bear children.
Yes, I’m being facetious to make a point (somewhat facetious). You can’t guard against every evil, every possible danger in our society. And you shouldn’t try simply because one mom in a county with a population of ten million is worried! Could a man, wanting to leer at children, go buy an ice cream truck to do it? Possibly. Or, he could just sit on a park bench for free.
I have been a crime reporter in two cities and a general assignment reporter in four cities for 32 years. And you know how many stories I have done on ice cream vendors selling popsicles to get close enough to children so they can snatch them? None. There’s that word again—none.
Watch Susan Hirasuna’s story and tell me what you think.
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