|Registered Citizens and their loved ones march in Carson (Janice Bellucci photo)|
California RSOL led a peaceful protest in the City of Carson, California, on Saturday, March 7, to highlight the harm done by the city’s sex offender ordinance. That ordinance bans Registered Citizens from being present in or within 300 feet of public places including the library, parks and swimming pools as well as private places including fast food restaurants that have a children’s playground.
The event included a march to Carson’s John D. Calas Sr. Park. The current city law prohibits Registered Citizens from visiting this park. However, family members and supporters are welcome there. Registered Citizens were served lunch at a distance outside the 300-foot limit. Water was delivered to the Registered Citizens by a mom and her 7-year-old daughter pulling a wagon.
The marchers included people of all ages and represented the diversity of California — Asians, African Americans, Hispanics and Caucasians.
“This is a unique opportunity for Registered Citizens and those who support them to show up, stand up and speak up,” stated California RSOL vice president Chance Oberstein.
In addition to harming the families of Registered Citizens, laws like those in Carson are stupid and do not address any problems. The U.S. Department of Justice says that the vast majority of sexual assaults on children take place in the victim’s own home, not in the places listed in the Carson law.