posted on May, 11 2011 @ 02:26 AM
As a keen photographer myself, I always take an interest when I see idiotic legislation like this.
As if political and media hysteria, making everyone think people taking photographs in public places are terrorists on recon missions wasn't enough,
they then go for the pedo angle, to protect the kiddies!
I have seen examples of this sort of thinking already in the UK, where police have been called and arrests made of innocent people for taking
photographs in areas where children play... but are not even necessarily there at the time the photos were being taken.
Photography discussion sites are replete already with tales of harassment by police and other authoritarian buttholes over taking photos in public
places, which there is no law prohibiting - yet! - but which many people are now conditioned to suspect as being somehow wrong.
Yes, there are pedos about, always have been, but knee-jerk reactions to the problem such as this proposed legislation do nothing to stop it at all,
make everyone a suspect and have people jumping at shadows. Inevitably, this will lead to more police harrassment of ordinary people and just watch
them tag other riders and pork to the bill.