The United States is facing a worsening recession, an expanding war in Afghanistan, and global warming. Yet, New York Republican Rep. Peter King believes that one of the more pressing matters for Congress should be to require that all cell phones make a click or sound when taking a picture. It is the basis for his “Camera Phone Predator Alert Act” to protect the unwary from the unscrupulous.
The King bill states that “Congress finds that children and adolescents have been exploited by photographs taken in dressing rooms and public places with the use of a camera phone.” The solution is to require a sound “audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone.”
It is a bold move but the bill notably does not include other predatorial picture takers like oil painters. Some of the classics show women in highly revealing circumstances and some artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec were known to lurk around prostitutes and dancers. The solution is to require all brushes to have a small devices that produces a squeak when it moves across canvas. The “Painter Predator Alert Act” will be the perfect book end for this year’s King legislative effort.
King introduced this legislation in 2007 but found that it . . . well . . . failed to click with colleagues.
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