Protecting America's Children

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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.

Once in a while a story comes along that is so painful to report that I wish I didn't have to do it. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

Little Samantha Runnion is dead, 5-years-old, kidnapped, killed by an evil person who deserves to be locked away, isolated from other inmates, and made to do hard labor for the rest of his life.

It is inconceivable that a person could do this to an innocent child. And the killer's level of evil rivals that of Osama bin Laden.

Each year in the United States, about 100 children are abducted by strangers, according to the Justice Department. Most of the kids are recovered alive. We hope that's the case with Elizabeth Smart, but things look dim.

Approximately 725,000 are reported missing each year, and many of those cases are not solved. That's a bit under what we reported yesterday, and we're sorry for the error.

The no spin truth is that children are being threatened in America, and our federal government must intervene.

Every day in the USA, law enforcement gets more than 2,000 calls about vanishing kids.

My solution is, for Congress to pass the Violence Against Children Act of 2002. And we are looking for some sponsors, congresspeople. Just contact us.

Now, that law would hand over the prosecution of people charged with harming anyone under the age of 16 to the federal authorities. Separate courts would be set up, and the prosecutions would be fast tracked, no delays, no frivolous defense tactics in the courtroom. Upon conviction, the child offender would be sentenced to a separate federal penitentiary located in an isolated region. There the criminal would be placed by himself in a cell and mandated to do hard labor six days a week.

Federal sentencing guidelines would be strict. No parole would be possible.

Under the Violence Against Children Act would be crimes of murder, rape, kidnapping, sexual molestation, and felony abuse of children. And that would include the sale of narcotics to a child.

Now, many Americans distrust the federal government. I understand that. But the feds have the power in our system. State of Florida cannot control the child abuse problem down there. Another terrible crime happened this week. We'll report on it in a few moments.

And poor little Rilya Wilson might not ever be found.

It's clear that Florida and many other states simply cannot protect children at risk.

In any case, American children must be protected from evil, and the feds are best equipped to do that. We applaud the authorities in San Diego that fast-tracked the murder case of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. But the state judge took a vacation right in the middle of the trial. Could you believe it?

Too often, crimes against children are not prosecuted effectively. The scandal within the Catholic Church is another good example, as local authorities are simply frightened of powerful people like Cardinals Law and Mahony.

As Talking Points has stated, these men should be prosecuted for aiding and abetting the rape of children.

So once again, we are calling for the federal government to pass the Violence Against Children Act. And let's see who steps up.

That's "The Memo."

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."

As you may know, basketball star Allen Iverson has been charged with menacing some people in Philadelphia. Authorities believe that a gun may have been involved. Iverson's mother had a few comments on the case. And it could be ridiculous.


ANN IVERSON, ALLEN IVERSON'S MOTHER: Do I think somebody's making up the charges? Come on, what do you say if somebody's making up charges against my son. I know my child. I know my child ain't capable of doing this crazy stuff. I ain't raised no deranged person.


A. IVERSON: I raised a sane person. He's sane.


A. IVERSON: Ain't nothing crazy about him.


O'REILLY: I'm not going to mess with her. Whatever she says, fine with me.

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