Vermont bill would ban cellphones for anyone under 21 years old

Vermont state bill would ban cell phone use for those under 21

A Vermont state lawmaker has put forth a bill that would ban anyone under the age of 21 from possessing a cellphone - a proposal meant to make a statement, he says.

Language in the bill says people under 21 are not developmentally mature enough to have cellphones, much like firearms, cigarettes and alcohol.

The bill proposal, introduced by Sen.

He goes on to describe how 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".

No state has a law requiring a cellphone user to be a certain age.

"The use of cellphones while driving is one of the leading killers of teenagers in the United States".

Notably, John Rodgers admitted that he expects the bill not to pass but brought it up regardless to bring attention towards firearms in the country.

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"It's really to prove a point", says Rodgers.

Rodgers said he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and that the Legislature "seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights".

A strong Second Amendment supporter, Rodgers said the bill states how a cellphone is more risky than a firearm.

According to the Vermont newspaper, the state recently increased the smoking age to 21 and barred people under 21 from purchasing a gun unless they take a hunter safety course. His bill is more or less a protest statement to that trend.

"We urge the Legislature to focus on the important work at hand instead of getting tied up in hollow diversions", said Michelle Fay of the organization Voices for Vermont's Children.

Some in Vermont are critical of the proposal, saying people would ignore such a law.

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