87.6%

A smack as part of good parental correction should not be a criminal offense in New Zealand. Or so say 87.6% of people in the recent referendum.

The story made even made it to Fox news.

New Zealand Votes to Legalize Smacking Kids

New Zealanders voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide referendum released Friday, but the government says the law is working and won’t be changed.

Opponents of the 2007 law claim it is overly intrusive and could turn thousands of good parents into criminals.

The story gets it a little wrong in that the 2007 law DOES turn thousands of good parents into criminals. It COULD turn them into convicts.

It is time for the anti-smacking lobby to shut up and let the majority frame a new law.

Perhaps just adding a new sub-section to section 59?

” a smack as part of good parental correction is justified. This sub-section overrides any other sub-sections in this section”.

But really, the best approach is simply to strike out the 2007 amendments and return to the old reasonable force law. And wonder, “What were they thinking…”

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