US bill seeks to criminalize crimes committed using drones
In these increasingly fraught times, and as debate rages over the future of legal abortion and whether to tighten gun regulations, four US legislators have demonstrated a truly bizarre sense of priority by introducing a bill that would outlaw using drones for acts already defined as crimes or otherwise prohibited.
A piece of “look at how concerned we are for your safety” theatrics, introduction of the draft legislation seeks to prohibit activities already banned by Federal Aviation Administration regulations or existing laws – such as removing ID tags and anti-collision lights, or transporting narcotics. It follows at least two previous moves by US politicians to act against UAV as potentially terrible threats to public order and safety when in the wrong hands.
For the record, there are nearly 1.8 million registered drones in the US, compared to over 400 million guns. No stats exist yet on the abundance of wrong hands.
While the peril of…