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Yet, we can have some old man fingering and touching our children, piercing his or her body, including touching their genitals, rear ends, and other parts, including piercing and tattooing those genitals all without parents permission. Hello Michael Sanchez, are you working for citizens of New Mexico or not? Is this just to stop a Republican bill?
Let's see how this works: reintroduce a bill that says a minor can not have a tattoo or piercing without presence of their parent or guardian. This is ridiculous. It is responsibility of tattoo parlor? You bet it is.
Do parents have something they can do? You bet. Until Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez decides to work with republican bills, and vice versa, you as a parent can and should press charges with prosecuting attorney's office for and not including, because I am sure they come can up with other things, Child Endangerment, Child molestation, Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor, Child Abuse, Sadism, and a list a mile long. You as a parent have these options. Since tattoo or piercing is on child, you have evidence. Will a prosecutor prosecute? I'm betting if it were their child they would. So try it. This is a criminal offense even without new law!
Tattoo parlors that would do this without a parent present shouldn't be in business in first place, and I am sure most in this City, would not do it without a parent present. Correct me if you are a parent and know differently.
It is job of Senate and House to protect our children, not just on things they believe are correct, but in all matters. If tattoo parlors are doing this, and many are, then it is up to our representatives to stop it, and stop it cold.
If you are a responsible Tattoo Parlor or lawmaker make your voice heard, and write your representatives, e-mail them if nothing else, let prosecutors judges and legislators know how you feel because next victim could be your son or daughter, or grandchild.
If you are a prosecutor make it known that any molestation by a tattoo parlor will be dealt with extreme prejudice. We will work on laws.
Randy Redhawk has written four novels and two self help books under the name Ryan Orr, Including "Adolescent Boys and Dealing With Sex". His free lance articles have appeared in several Gannet newspapers, as well as the New York Times and Chicago Tribune and other major publications under Randy Weldon. He is a New Mexico resident. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org