VERMONT IS TRYING TO PASS A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 TO USE OR POSSESS A CELL PHONE OR MOBILE DEVICE by Geoffrey Grider for Now the End Begins
The Vermont bill, S.212, would make such possession or use a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine. 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.
A bill has been introduced in the Vermont state Senate that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess a cellphone.
Liberals are a funny sort of creature, from their name you would think they would be all about freedom and liberty, perhaps that was true at one time but it is certainly not true in our day. In 2020 being a Liberal means you are wanting either a Socialist or Communist form of government, both systems being antithetical to both freedom and liberty. Now in Bernie Sanders, Socialist candidate for president, state of Vermont comes a bill that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to not only own a cell phone but even to be caught using one. Fascist, much?
Now imagine what a Bernie Sanders presidency would look like, because that’s what you’ll get,.
Bill would ban cell phone use for those under 21 in Vermont
FROM THE TIMES ARGUS: The Vermont bill, S.212, would make such possession or use a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.
It said cell phone use while driving is one of the leading killers of teenagers. It also said young people use cellphones frequently to bully and threaten each other, something that has been linked to suicides.
“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.
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.
The bill talks about suicide and suicide prevention was a major talking point when the Legislature passed a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period to buy a handgun. Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the legislation and it’s not expected to be taken up again this session.
Michelle Fay is the executive director of Voices for Vermont’s Children, an organization based out of Montpelier that promotes public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in the state.
Fay issued a statement saying, “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 said in an interview Wednesday there’s no question technology plays a role with children treating each other badly, but isolating cellphones doesn’t seem to make sense because they will still be able to use computers.