Monday, June 1, 2015

It depends on whose ox is being gored

One of my coffee drinking buddies suggested that all of the arguments used to restrict and criminalize gun ownership can also be applied to cell phones.  In case you have not been paying attention, cell phones are the number one cause of "distracted driving", a condition that kills many innocent, young children.  Unlike firearms, cell phones are not mentioned in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution.

The point I liked best was that the POTUS should criminalize texting or calling any time a cell phone is in motion.  Nearly all of these devices have GPS and acceleration sensors.  They are "smart" devices and the function can be embedded within them. There should be an executive order mandating that all cell phone should shut off when in motion.

The fact that many people on the East Coast use mass transportation  and *could* safely use their cell phones while moving is irrelevant.  The chances of incorrectly activating a phone is simply too great.  They should also be shut off, just in case.  They will just have to suck-it-up for the greater good.

It is for the children.


  1. I could get behind that one! :-)

  2. I could get behind that one! :-)

  3. My wife's new ride won't let us enter an address into the GPS manually if the car is in motion. If we're in a strange town, and I ask her to find a steakhouse, we have to pull into a parking lot before the GPS will respond to the touch-screen. It's a pain in the ass.

    The best thing we can do with government is modify it so that it is NOT a pain in the ass. An impossible task, but one worth pursuing.

    1. That is the goal.

      The only way I can see to get there is to have the Nannies walk a mile in our moccasins. Maybe they will rethink their instructions to the cobbler when it is their feet that are getting pinched.