Tammy Gibson beat a sex offender with a baseball bat last summer.
The Tacoma, Wash. mother saw William A. Baldwin, a level-three sex offender, talking to her 10-year-old daughter. After seeing a flier with his picture on it, Gibson connected the dots and realized who Baldwin was. “I kept swingin’, swingin’ and swingin’,” Gibson said, according to ABC News.
Now, Gibson is getting a three month sentence in jail. Gibson is not remorseful for her actions that summer. “No, I’d do it again, if not better. I don’t care if it hurts me; I don’t regret it. It got him away from my kids and all the other kids in the neighborhood.”
Really?!? I mean really? First of all, she was protecting her child from a level-three sex offender. Who wouldn’t do that? Baldwin stands a towering 7-feet 3-inches. Gibson said, “For him to be right there, in front of my house and talking to my child-made me crazy.” This is a damn shame when a mother is punished for simply doing what any parent should do.
A level-three sex offender is the highest level possible and indicates they are likely to offend again, according to the Washington State Sex Offender Information Center. They are also known to seek out their victims and are a high risk to the community.
Some people would say beating someone with a baseball bat is not acceptable and should be punished by the law, but where are the laws protecting children from these predators. According to Citydata.com there are 229 registered offenders in Tacoma alone; this list only contains those who have been caught.
The fact that a hot young celebrity like Lindsay Lohan can actively endanger people’s lives by driving trashed and get off with a slap on the wrist, while Gibson has to spend time in jail because she engaged in the act of protecting her child from a sex offender who had his eyes on her young daughter is absolutely deplorable.
“And I told him I thought he was a piece of crap and I smacked him,” Gibson said. “I just didn’t stop hitting him. I just told him that, ‘If it were up to me, I’d kill ya’.”
This bogus jail sentence only discourages people from interceding when they see sex offenders around children. Baldwin has since moved to Seattle, but nothing happened to him. He walks away clean, yet Gibson will serve time for perhaps preventing her child from being molested, raped or even killed.
Residents of Tacoma and the rest of Washington state should be up in arms over this sentence. The government will not put these sick predators away for life so we are stuck to deal with their actions and a child whose life is forever changed. Let us remind you that counseling is not enough to remove the mental scars on young girls and boys who have been violated. Although killing the man may have been a little excessive, beating him certainly should fall into some sort of self-defense category, and Gibson shouldn’t have been charged with anything.
She should get a medal for doing what the law will not and that is punishing these monsters even if it means using physical force.
Instead of ringing this mother through the world of courts and lawyers, Gibson should be applauded for standing up for children everywhere. Gibson was hoping for a change in the legal system after her smack-down on Baldwin. She would rather see a change in the law so sex offenders can’t just be standing around little kids.
So far we are too busy giving money to banks to worry about our children being sexually violated.
Gibson’s other daughter, Rachael Porter, wishes things were different. Porter told ABC News, “I think it’s crap. She was protecting her kids like she should have been. They locked her up for way too long.”
Sex offenders will be the first to admit they will offend again. With that said maybe we should be taking justice into our own hands.