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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-15-08 04:00 PM
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30. Ok, let's say that whoever took the pictures knows how many times their sites are downloaded
Still, what do they gain when their sites are downloaded for free? I can't what they might gain by that.

As far as sharing with others, I guess your point is that having the pictures on your computer might be a prelude to them sharing the pictures with others. Well, I guess it might. If so, then it seems to me that that should be the crime, not simply having it on your computer.

I am just totally against prosecuting people for potential crimes. I think that a law like this is way too susceptable to abuse, just like drug posession laws are.

As far as why anyone would download them, I understand that there are people who like to look at such pictures. I have no idea why, or what it means about them from a psychological point of view. But looking at pictures is not the same thing as actually interacting with a child in a harmful way. I don't know anyone personally who likes to look at such pictures -- that is, I don't know anyone who has admitted it to me. But my guess is that most people who like to look at such pictures would never actually harm a child.

I understand that there is a movement in this country to incarcerate certain persons based simply on the determination that their personality characteristics make them a high risk for committing certain crimes. I am totally against that type of thing. I believe very strongly that people should be punished for what they do, not for what they think or what some expert determines to be a high risk personality characteristic. I believe that punishing people for owning pictures is very similar to punishing them for their presumed personality characteristics. Looking at pictures doesn't hurt anyone in my opinion. Once you start punishing people for that kind of thing, there's no telling where it will end.
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