“Every” parent?

Larry Baldock on Campbell Live last night state:

“Every parent has become a criminal, whether they are charged or not.”

But Larry, um, I’m a parent and I’m not a criminal – at least not for that reason.  I haven’t assaulted my kids.

Maybe the quote was edited out of context, but surely the point he was trying to make was “every parent who assaults a child for the purpose of correction has become a criminal.”

Of course, even if that were his point, he would still be wrong because (a) the new law removes a defence against assault not smacking, and (b) he is using the term ‘criminal’ in the popular sense of describing someone who has committed a crime, rather than the legal sense of someone who has been convicted of a crime.  Legally, one solitary parent has become a criminal since the correction defence for assault was removed. And one is a lot less than every.

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3 thoughts on ““Every” parent?

  1. I think, dave, the pioint is that if you don’t physically “correct” – whatever that means – your children, then Larry B is wrong, since not “every” parent does it.

    That’s the most depressing thing about this debate – the presumption that “everybody” does it. It used to be OK to beat your wife too. Is that social engineering that we don’t think so anymore?

  2. That’s not the point I was addressing. I was merely addressing point (b). Baldock said that every parent who smacks their kid is a criminal, the blog post refutes that explanation, and Bradford agrees with Baldock and not the explanation give by the blogger.Whether one person or 99% of parents smack their kids still doesn’t mean everyone does it – but that was not the point I was addressing because it is completely irrelevant.

    Every parent who assaults a child for the purpose of correction has become a criminal. Bradford agrees with Baldock and both are right, even if Dewar may not agree.

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