MArooned reports that molesting children is a less serious crime in Massachusetts than possession of an unlicensed high capacity magazine. He quotes from an article in the November 3, 2009 Boston Herald:
SALEM — A Beverly man has been sentenced to up to 3½ years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a Peabody boy numerous times when he was between the ages of 6 and 8.Just to verify that, I found the applicable Massachusetts law:
Section 131M. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device that was not otherwise lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994. Whoever not being licensed under the provisions of section 122 violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second offense, by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 15 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.So it has to be second offense possession of a "large capacity feeding device" before you get a longer sentence than you get for molesting children. Priorities, guys?