Arizona Wants To Charge $20 For Internet Porn To Pay For The Wall

  • Republican Rep. Gail Griffin introduced HB 2444 would require device distributors install software that would block them from accessing pornography
  • Users would have to pay a one time fee of $20 to be allowed to access porn online
  • Money from unlocking devices would go to the
    John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund to fund the wall

Between broken promises, endless tweets, and a failed Go Fund Me by supporters, the quest to build Donald Trump’s wall has been one of the strangest political fiascos the country has ever seen. Now Arizona is making the push for a border wall stranger by introducing a bill that would force Internet users to pay a one time $20 fee to access online porn. The money collected from pimping out online porn would go to the wall. What a fascinating time to be alive.

Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, introduced House Bill 2444, which would force device “distributors” to install software that would block the user from accessing pornographic material online. To gain access users would have to pay a one time fee of $20 to the state, which would then go to the “John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund.” From there the money collected would go toward building the wall.

HB 2444 — also known as the “Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act” — would demand that all devices capable of accessing the Internet in Arizona come with pre-installed porn blocking software. Any distributor caught selling a device without the software would be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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HB 2444 is not the first time a bill has tried to hold online porn ransom. In 2017, The Human Trafficking Prevention Act was a nationwide effort to place porn blockers on all devices capable of accessing the Internet. Once again, it would cost a one time fee of $20 to access online porn. The only thing crazier than a bill that charges citizens a fee to access porn was the man behind the bill.

Chris Sevier — who also goes by Mark Sevier in court and Chris Severe while in discussions with state legislators according to The Daily Beast — was behind drafting a nearly identical porn ransom bill in 2017 in 13 states and hoped to introduce it on the federal level. Sevier’s twisted relationship with the American legal system was realized soon after by the bill’s co-sponsors.

While introducing the bill, Sevier had a warrant for his arrest in Tennessee for failure to appear at criminal contempt proceedings concerning his violation of a restraining order by communicating with his ex-wife. The original incident occurred in 2010 when Sevier assaulted his father-in-law while trying to take his then-7-month-old son during a supervised visit. His son was injured during the incident and had to be taken to the hospital.

In the final divorce ruling in 2013, a judge denied any further visits with Sevier’s child. Later Sevier found himself facing criminal contempt for failure to pay child support and communicating with his ex-wife against court orders. In 2015, the court issued a warrant for Sevier’s arrest for failing to appear at criminal contempt proceedings. Sevier has referred to some of the court’s decisions as “fake news.”

In 2014, Sevier was arrested and accused of stalking and harassing country star John Rich. Sevier was also arrested for stalking and harassing a 17-year-old girl who worked at a Ben & Jerry’s and lying to the police about his identity.

Sevier — who once practiced law until his license was revoked by the State of Tennessee — has also lost an abnormally high amount of lawsuits against major companies and figures including, but not limited to, Google, BlackBerry, Android, Microsoft, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Planned Parenthood, Samsung, Verizon, xBox, his ex-wife, several state governors, the U.S. government as a whole, and former President Barack Obama.

In 2013, Sevier sued A&E Networks for religious persecution after Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and was booted from the show. The lawsuit — that is said to have included Duck Dynasty memes — was dismissed in 2014 after Sevier failed to serve any of the defendants.

While Sevier was in the middle of failing to sue A&E, he was also in the middle of failing to sue Apple for aiding in his lust for younger women thanks to porn he was watching on his device. Sevier claimed Apple contributed to what blossomed into a porn addiction that would later destroy his marriage, despite porn never once being mentioned in divorce court.

The Plaintiff began desiring, younger more beautiful girls featured in porn videos than his wife, who was no longer 21.

Sevier’s case was thrown out by a district court due to the suit being “devoid of legal merit.” The decision was later affirmed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which stated, “despite Sevier’s voluminous filings, he has not identified any plausible legal theory in support of his accusations.”

In 2014 and 2016, Sevier filed lawsuits requesting to marry his “porn-filled Apple computer” in a bizarre attack on the gay community. In 2014 Sevier claimed if gay couples “have the right to marry their object of sexual desire… then I should have the right to marry my preferred sexual object.” His failed 2014 lawsuit was followed by a second failed lawsuit to marry the same 2011 MacBook two years later. It is unclear if Sevier is currently still “engaged” to the same 2011 MacBook.

While Sevier’s name is not on HB 2444, the bill’s name and overall ideals are almost identical as his 2017 war against online porn. The main difference being this money would go towards the wall. Similar bills have been rejected due to a violation of constitutional rights. HB 2444 is not expected to make it far in Arizona.

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