Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans (VT) introduced S.212 bill that would ban anyone under the age of 21 using or possessing a cellphone. If anyone under the age of 21 is arrested using or possessing a cell phone, that person faces a misdemeanor charged punishable by $1K fine and/or one year in jail.
The bill addresses the dangers of driving while talking or texting on the phone but also claims that “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.
Rogers admits the bill has no chance of passing but “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.”