It appears that democrats nationwide are falling so far off of the wagon that they can no longer even create laws that make any sense. Not that they were that good at it to begin with, but this is just getting laughable! In Florida it may soon be possible that victims of auto theft will be the ones punished for the theft of their own vehicles. Yes, you read that correctly. If your car is stolen, it will be your fault. Oh, but only if it is a teenager that steals it and you happened to have left your vehicle unlocked with the keys inside.
First of all, not many people leave their keys in their car and the doors unlocked in this chaotic world we live in nowadays, but even if they did it doesn’t give someone a right to suddenly decide to steal it! That is like saying if you leave your house unlocked you deserve to be robbed! What are these politicians thinking? As if there aren’t bigger issues in this country to be trying to fix, they would rather be wasting governmental time to have a bill as ridiculous as this to be heard?
According to Reason.com :
Florida state Rep. Wengay Newton (D–St. Petersburg) is so tough on auto theft that he wants to punish the crime’s victims as well.
Newton has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense to have your car stolen if you leave it unlocked with the keys inside. His legislation would make this a second-degree misdemeanor; violators would face fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days.
But only if the person who steals the car is a minor. Having the same unlocked car stolen by an adult would not be a criminal offense.
“We have a lot of juveniles getting access to vehicles unlawfully. However, these juveniles are not using guns or force. These vehicles are pretty much just left running with keys in them,” Newton told WTSP. He claims his bill would “close this floodgate of a crime of opportunity.”
Leaving one’s car unlocked can already lead to a citation in Florida, but a Tampa Bay Times analysis found that these are rarely issued.
Not surprisingly, this proposal has prompted some pushback from people who say it’s unfair to crime victims. That includes a number of law enforcement officials.
“I don’t think it would be appropriate to charge a victim for a crime,” Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter told the Tampa Bay Times. “When we’re trying to build trust in the community, it wouldn’t really breed a culture of trust between victims and law enforcement.” St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway expressed similar sentiments, pointing out to the paper that “people won’t report it, or they’ll lie to us.”
Newton insists his bill wouldn’t punish real victims. “I had a lady follow me after a panel, saying let me get this straight, Representative, you want to punish me because they steal my car?” Newton said to WTSP.
“I said no ma’am, only when you give it away.”
The scariest part of this is that Newton is serious. Instead of punishing the victim of the crime maybe they should be working on laws that punish the parents for not raising their teenagers right! Or, just maybe they should be implementing more outreach to the youth of Florida? Build some rec-centers for the kids to have something to do like we used to have. All this law will do is make law abiding citizens into untrusting criminals on the books, and give bad apple teenagers a sense of freedom to do whatever they want.
That is about as backwards as we can get! Let me guess, if a victim is charged it will then also be reported to the NCIS database once the new law for concealed carry permit holders passes that literally has a stipulation stating that ANY crime no matter how small will be added to the National database to in turn prevent these innocent people from legally purchasing guns as well?
The in-depth way that politicians try to wrap all of these insane laws together with one collective agenda is sickening, and yet they think we are so ignorant that we won’t see what they are trying to do.