Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk

Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk February 21, 2018

After refusing to even consider a ban on assault rifles the Florida House declares pornography to be a public health risk.

Only days after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida high school, the state legislature voted 71-36 against a measure to consider a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Yet only an hour later the state’s House of Representatives approved a resolution declaring pornography to be a public health risk.

Think about that: No action on assault rifles, not even a willingness to debate the issue, yet pornography is declared to be a public health risk?

The stupid, it burns.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, a Democrat, lamented the unfortunate actions of the GOP controlled Florida House:

Unfortunately, just five days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida school, the Florida House just passed a bill that declares pornography a ‘public health risk.’

Basically, what they have determined is that these are the Republican priorities in 2018: Wasting our time with debate and legislation that declares porn as a health threat, meanwhile we can’t even get a single debate, vote, or hearing on anything related to assault weapons.

That’s really sad.

Guillermo-Smith, who has sponsored the assault weapons ban for the past two years, is right. That is really sad. And really stupid.

The Hill reports:

During the debate, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith (D) questioned state Rep. Ross Spano, the GOP lawmaker who presented the pornography bill, asking if pornography has killed anyone or caused first responders to seek counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

As one might expect, Guillermo-Smith criticized Spano’s declaration concerning the supposed public health risk associated with pornography, telling The Associated Press:

[Spano] was saying porn as a health risk was more important to address here in the Florida Legislature than the epidemic of gun violence. These are their priorities. I don’t understand the politics, to be honest, if I’m being honest. I’m not aware there’s a base of voters who are losing sleep every night over the epidemic of pornography as a public health crisis.

CNN reports on the reaction of the school shooting survivors to the deplorable actions of the Florida House:

The decision not to consider an assault rifles ban outraged survivors of the massacre.

A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students traveled 400 miles from Parkland to the state capital and camped out overnight at the Tallahassee civic center, waiting for speak with legislators and the governor Wednesday.

CNN also notes what is probably the most salient factor of the story:

Almost all 71 lawmakers who voted against considering a assault rifle ban have an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

Commenting on the deplorable actions of the GOP controlled Florida House, Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Chris Grady said:

Our message is at this point, for the politicians: If you’re not with us, you’re against us. We’re trying to save the lives of innocent children.

Student Kai Koerber added:

We’re all here because we need to strive for change, and the legislation needs to change, because we’ve fallen victim to lazy legislation for far too long.

Bottom line: The GOP controlled Florida House refused to even discuss a ban on assault rifles, but did pass a resolution declaring pornography to be a public health risk.

And so it goes.

Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk  (Image via Facebook)
Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk (Image via Facebook)
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