Drone Crash Is an Excuse for More Federal Regulation

Barack Obama is using the drone crash in order to propagandize for the FAA.

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No one should be surprised by this. Time magazine has the video posted on their website: “Obama Calls for Drone Regulation After White House Crash.”

President Barack Obama has used the crash-landing of a drone at the White House Monday as an opportunity to reemphasize the importance of regulating unmanned aircraft.

In an interview with CNN, Obama said the remote-controlled quadcopter that caused a brief security scare on Monday was the kind “you buy in Radio Shack,” calling for a regulatory framework for drones that will “get the good and minimize the bad.”

“There are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife,” Obama said. “But we don’t really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it.”

In the very next paragraph we see one aspect of how stupid and unnecessary this is.

Drones are currently restricted from most airspace, except at low heights and at designated testing sites. The capital has stricter regulations than most on flying unmanned aerial vehicles.

So why demand another Federal layer of regulation? Obviously, the President wants to usurp all control to himself or the friends he hopes will gain office.

I thought this comment that showed up in my Facebook feed was rather astute:

A toy helicopter-like device crashes on an old, grumpy man’s lawn. Normally, this wouldn’t be a huge incident. But this particular grumpy man has an enormous apparatus of violence and coercion sitting around, and he is determined to get revenge on the entire private drone industry in retaliation for aggression into his airspace. Meanwhile, he has billions of dollars of toy drones he secretly plays with.

The bottom line is that, not only do we already have local regulations, but we also have common law principles by which drones can be handled. Since it looks like the authorities are not moving to prosecute the drunk drone driver by the rules that already exist, they can hardly complain that those rules are inadequate. They are just refusing to utilize them.

And since the perpetrator was an inebriated Federal employee and intelligence officer, I have to wonder how accidental this propaganda opportunity really was.