Arizona Lawmakers Declare New Public Health Hazard

If I were to ask you what do you think are public health hazards, what would you say?

With all of the recent news, measles and/or the flu may come to mind. Thought to have been eradicated a couple decades ago, this year has seen hundreds of new cases of measles. Many are due to the individuals not being vaccinated and others who were vaccinated so long ago that they need a booster vaccine.

As for the flu, it may not have been as severe as a year ago, but it was more severe than many realized and it lasted longer than most flu seasons.

Other public health hazards may be all of the dangerous trash people discard, such as in some towns in Colorado, who have reported many used needles strewn along sidewalks and streets. There is the trash in the oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams.

What about air pollution? If you live near a big city, you probably have your share of smog. If you live in industrial areas, you can see and smell the air pollution. There is a place about 8 minutes from home that when you drive through with your car windows rolled down, it smells like male cat urine, making one wonder just what is being released into the air we breathe.

One person once told me that any bathroom used by the public is a health hazard and I tend to agree with them.

There are hundreds of health hazards that many of you could list. But have you ever considered pornography to be a health hazard?

Arizona lawmakers think so, per this report:

“Arizona lawmakers last week approved a resolution calling for efforts to prevent children from being exposed to pornography online, a move similar to those of legislative bodies in at least 15 other states that are calling adult sexual content a public health crisis.”

“‘It is an epidemic in our society, and this makes a statement that we have a problem,’ said Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican whose chamber approved the resolution last Monday. She blamed pornography for contributing to a number of societal issues, such as violence against women, sexual activity among teens and unintended pregnancies.”

Naturally, the resolution has already been met with controversy, including the fact that it’s a non-binding resolution. The authors are hoping that the non-binding resolution establishes a base upon with future legislative action.

To no surprise, some of the opposition to the resolution are liberals and members of the LGBT community, as reported:

“Mark Kernes, a senior editor at the trade publication Adult Video News media network, called porn harmless entertainment meant for adults. He said linking sexual adult content with social problems is ‘complete fear-mongering’.”

“Others say the resolutions could create a risk for LGBTQ groups and leave out calls for better sex education for teenagers.”

I know professionals, and others that work with people in jail, and many sex offenders and rapists say that their path to jail began with porn. Like any other addiction, the more you view porn, the more you need and the more you need, the more you start to venture out beyond the computer screen or magazines. The next you know, you have victimized someone else and it just keeps getting more intense until they end up in jail.

Yep, that sounds like a health hazard to me.

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