If you look at the news reports, anyone accused of sexual contact with teens is wrongly labeled a pedophile. Sadly, this is true of even the 'better' news agencies.
Obviously because of the margin of error. 3-9% would be more than 4-10% if the estimate of the percentage of pedophiles is more accurate to the higher end, say 7-9% and the estimate of the percentage of homosexuals is more accurate to the lower end, 4-6%. That's why I said equal to or possibly outnumber.
After looking at the source material, I see the source of the numbers:
Pedophilic [paraphilias] in sexual fantasies and in real-life sociosexual behavior was reported by 9.5% and 3.8% of participants, respectively.
So, not because of the margin of error.
The 3.8% would be compared to the 10% number I gave at the very least. Possibly comparable to 37% depending upon the minimum requirements to qualify as part of the 3.8%. As for the 9.5%, I do not know of a comparable number for homosexuals but it would be a minimum of 37%. The 4% for homosexuals would be compared to a value of nearly 0% for pedophiles.
In a rational society we could collect all existing child porn and catalog it.
... The control you're suggesting is far stricter than handguns. It's quite insulting to say that people who have never even touched a child should have to register and submit to intense scrutiny and regulation of their masturbatory habits. That is thought crime. You are ruling out any possibility of self-control and convicting and punishing without any evidence that the person would even commit a crime.
What you claim would happen with my suggested system is what is happening right now for real. And people are considering ways to lock pedophiles up for life either in prison or in a mental health facility.
With my suggested system, pedophiles would get to live a more normal life unsupervised and unregulated unless they stop participating in the website for more than a brief period.
An accurate comparison would be giving self-admitted alcoholics who have not commited vehicular
manslaughter a small amount of free alcohol each day and only scrutinizing them if they stop taking the free alcohol.