In 2019 there were 590 reported bird strikes in California alone.
Another 336 in New York state.
There are 3792 aviation accidents listed in the Aviation Safety Networks database for 2019.
And there were an unconfirmed 257 deaths in aviation accidents in 2019 in the United States alone.
How many resulted from interference with drones? Let me help you with that answer. ZERO.
I'm not saying that drones should be ignored or unregulated, I'm just pointing out that there is a media driven hysteria because most people don't understand them, what they can and can't do, and that they're new.
The FAA is currently proposing draconian, overreaching rules on the operation of drones driven by big industry who wants to own and control the air traffic in this country. There's big money in flying things around without an operator controlling it, and Amazon, Verizon and UPS want it all. (They're likely the companies behind the push for the FAA to over regulate 'class G' airspace.)
On the other side, there is a growing need for counter-drone technology as they're clearly getting in the way, either misguidedly or purposefully, of other aviation. The question isn't really that there is a need to solve the problem. MY questions is, "is the amount of attention drone interference is getting overblown?" And the real question is; "how do we build a system to control or prevent interference with other types of aviation?"
First, there are a TON of legitimate business uses for small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which is what their technical name is. From surveying, inspecting, search and rescue... etc. The list is long and that's not including package delivery or transportation. And then there's the people who do it for fun. Like me right now... We, the fun flyers, are the ones that have to be watched. The FAA heavily regulates the use of drones, for both business and fun, but in reality all you have to do is go out and buy one and start flying it. Rules? What rules?
Most large airports already have geo-fencing. If you turn on a drone in their vicinity, they know where it is. Tracking that drone from it's launch point may lead you to the operator. The current FAA proposed rule will require, including a subscription fee, the networked broadcasting of that pilots location for the public to see. It's a good idea until you've met that citizen who sneaks up on you and tells you about all the reasons that you can't fly your drone where you are, even though none of it is true. Ask me about them. Things get very unsafe in a hurry around them. So that's not really a good solution either. However, if my drone broadcasted the location of the pilot in a way that was only identifiable to law enforcement, like maybe a license plate is 'anonymous' then I'm all for it. I love talking to cops about drones. Most of them own one, or their kids do. Great people.
I have the pleasure of being close to some folks who have hands-on experience with high grade counter-drone tech. They can pin point the location of a drone as fast as it can get it's GPS bearings. That means they can have "somebody" talking to the pilot and/or in the presence of the drone, typically before the drone even leaves the ground. Talk about a deterrent...
I could go on for a long time.