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Coming soon to this blog, the war against smacking bans.
In fairness, labeling this measure a “ban” is somewhat misleading. The “ban” in question is already in place in the form of Britain’s assault and battery laws (which I gather are a lot more strictly enforced than ours, unless you’re a black teenager in a small Louisiana town). What is currently in place is an exemption for adults who hit their children. The question is whether that exemption should be removed.
Furthermore, the underlying question – why should it be illegal for an adult to hit an adult but legal for an adult to hit his/her child – is a valid one. If Parliament really wants to keep spanking legal, they should remove violence not intended to cause serious injury from the assault/battery law altogether – that would get rid of the sticky special exemption.
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