WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The United States Congress may not have the guts to ban assault weapons — thanks to the powerful gun lobby (NRA) — but it doesn’t have any problem outlawing selfie sticks because of “security concerns.”
A selfie stick is an extendable monopod used to take photographs by clamping a cell phone on the far end of the device, allowing the user to capture special moments and a wider view that otherwise wouldn’t be possible because of the normal short range of the arm.
Theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort and Six Flags already ban selfie sticks for safety reasons while some sports and concert venues prohibit their use for “nuisance” issues and for interfering with other spectators’ enjoyment or view.
A group of Republican congressmen have taken the issue several steps forward by drafting a bill that would completely ban the use of selfie sticks in all public venues in America including zoos, parks, concert halls and sports stadiums. It will also make it illegal to have a selfie stick in carry-on luggages on airplanes, trains and buses.
“Selfie sticks are deadly as baseball bats,” one GOP congressman told The Adobo Chronicles, “and we owe it to our citizens to ensure that they are protected from unscrupulous individuals who may use the device to kill or injure someone in moments of rage or mental instability.”
The proposed bill, which has the backing of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, directs the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to come up with licensing procedures and strict regulations limiting the possession and use of selfie sticks to proven responsible citizens with above-average IQ, no criminal records, and no unpaid back taxes.