America's Most Wanted host John Walsh is calling on Congress to fund the Adam Walsh Act, a law named after his murdered 6 year-old son. From the Amarillo Globe-News:
The Adam Walsh Act, named after Walsh's slain 6-year-old son, would classify sex offenders into three tiers and require tighter restrictions on resident registration.
"You can write," Walsh told the crowd. "You can call."
The legislation was passed in 2006 but has still not been funded by Congress. The legislation has come under criticism for being too harsh, including handing a life sentence to a homeless man who couldn't maintain a physical address.
Walsh spoke Thursday for Amarillo College's Distinguished Lecture Series, which started in 1987 and has attracted speakers such as Barbara Bush, James Earl Jones, Oliver Stone and Dan Quayle.
Walsh spent most of the talk detailing the story of his abducted son and his quest to find his killer and others.
"America's Most Wanted," which debuted in February 1988, is the third-longest-running prime-time television show. The Fox show has helped catch 1,057 criminals, including 17 on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
In a brief question-and-answer session after the lecture, Walsh fielded one question and a few requests for help from attendees asking help from missing persons cases to sexually abused. He told them all to keep their chin up and that he would help them however he could.
Heather Atchley, director of Student Activities for Amarillo College, estimated Thursday's attendance at around 600.
All proceeds from the event go toward Amarillo College scholarships. To date, the lecture series has raised more than $250,000.