SPRINGFIELD -- A Southern Illinois Democrat is considering legislation requiringOh, please. Perhaps we should also require background checks for anyone going into a bar or joining a singles group or placing (or responding to) a singles ad in the paper.
online dating services to perform criminal background checks to weed out predators that might be lurking on the Internet.
State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said he was surprised to learn that these services were not required to perform background checks on members.
"One thing I was trying to come up with is a way to make sure you have a simple background check on somebody before you allow them to advertise," he said. "It seems to me that there should at least be a non-sex-offender requirement."
Look, meeting new people always carries some, mostly very small, risk. Use caution, yes, but requiring background checks? I don’t think so. It would be expensive, intrusive and not all that effective anyway.
A good dating rule of thumb is if you feel the need to run a background check on someone, maybe you shouldn’t be dating them. But if you want to be extra super-duper cautious you can always run a background check of your own on your special somebody-who-might-be-an-axe-murderer.