(Tea Party 247) – One Vermont State Senator has caused quite a controversy with the introduction of a bill that proposes it should be illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to own a cell phone. According to the Gateway Pundit, bill S 212, introduced by Sen. John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans), would make it a misdemeanor for persons under 21 to own or possess a cell phone, punishable by up to one year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.
The Times Argus reports:
A bill has been introduced in the state Senate that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess a cellphone.
“The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists. Cell phones have often been used by mass shooters of younger ages for research on previous shootings,” the bill reads.
The bill said the Legislature has concluded those under 21 years old “aren’t mature enough” to possess guns, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol and the same should apply to cellphone use. The state recently increased the smoking age to 21 and barred those under 21 from buying a gun unless they take a hunter safety course.
Of course, this is absolutely insane and was met with sharp criticism. Michelle Fay, the Executive Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children, a Montpelier-based organization that promotes public policy that enhances the lives of the state’s children and youth, spoke out about this proposed bill.
“There are so many critical issues impacting the lives of working families in Vermont today, from increasing minimum wage to implementing equitable family and medical leave insurance programs to establishing an office of child advocate. We urge the Legislature to focus on the important work at hand instead of getting tied up in hollow diversions.”
She makes a very good point. Surely, there has got to be more important issues for the lawmakers of Vermont to be focusing on rather than nonsense bills that would criminalize cell phone use for anyone under the age of 21. Maybe people under 21 aren’t mature enough to use cell phones, that’s a topic for another day. The issue is personal liberty and the fact that America is home of the free.
But…it turns out the bill may not be everything it seems to be at first glance. In an interview with the Times Argus, Rodgers gave a different perspective on the proposed bill.
The bill was introduced by Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans. Rodgers said Wednesday he introduced the bill to make a point.
“I have no delusions that it’s going to pass. I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself,” he said.
He said he’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the Legislature “seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights.”
He said, based on the information presented in the bill, a cellphone is much more dangerous than a gun.
Point well taken and we commend Rodgers for being willing to buck against his own party in an effort to defend the Second Amendment and the right of every American to enjoy personal liberty free from the tyranny of an overreaching government.
At first glance, the bill seemed like just another outrageous attempt by Democrat lawmakers to seize more personal freedom from their constituents and while it was at face value, it was actually designed to make the point that if liberals continue down the road of abolishing the Second Amendment, bills like S 212 won’t be too far off.