Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed to get a new curfew law established in Chicago. The curfew was unanimously approved earlier in the summer by the Chicago City Council and takes effect this Sunday October 2, 2011.
It was put in place to ensure the safety of Chicago area children and has strict penalties. Unsupervised minors aged 12 and younger are required to be home by 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on the weekends. If parents do not follow this new curfew they will be responsible for fines of up to $500 or community service. If they receive three offenses within a year the fine goes up significantly and will cost the guilty parent $1,500 fine plus community service.
There is a potential problem with this fine. In many cases, children who will not follow this law are either extremely hard to manage, or live below the poverty level or with parents who don’t care and will be unable to pay the fine. Will they offer counseling and family assistance? Or will we have police and the courts tied up with these issues, instead of finding the killers of the kids shot nearly every day.
While this sounds good on paper, the sad fact is that many of the youth killed by drive-by shootings or stray bullets have been in their homes or next to an adult family member. Some think this is a plan with good intentions, but will instead end up being just another case of “Big Brother”, further restricting our rights. This is not to say they would not like to see an end to the violence and especially the deaths of innocent children.
Fairly soon, American will be just like any other third world country. Our rights keep slipping away from us right under our noses. What do you think? Is this a good plan?