Outrage as Florida legislature passes porn bill hours after rejecting gun control

Pauline Gross
February 23, 2018

With subcommittees set to consider the bill not scheduled to meet this session, the bill is effectively dead, McGhee said.

"If there is another mass shooting it's going to be their fault", 16-year old Sheryl Acquaroli told CNN.

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.

After voting against bringing an assault weapons ban to the House floor Tuesday, Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives moved on to a proposal to label pornography a "public health risk".

A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion seeing the Florida House refuse to let the bill out of committee.

"It seemed nearly heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say no", she said.

Men and women elected to serve the people of Florida sat in front of children who spent hours cowering in classrooms and closets, not knowing if they would ever see their families again, children who've had to bury best friends and cherished teachers, and had the audacity to tell them their concerns weren't even worth discussing.

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Spano changed the original language, however, from terming pornography a "public health crisis" to a "public health risk".

He stated that the fact that the lawmakers were in session makes it more likely that they could take action, compared with after the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which took place during a summer recess.

While pollsters and political observers across the country are saying the political response to the nation's latest mass shooting will be different because young people are speaking up, organizing and calling for gun controls in unprecedented manners-including mass demonstrations in Tallahassee Wednesday-there is a hard truth behind the Florida House's cold-hearted, high-profile snub. Instead, they chose to focus on something else they want to protect teens from: porn.

Florida's Republican-controlled legislature is "considering" - CONSIDERING - raising the legal age to purchase an assault rifle to 21.

They are not even interested in the discussion.

But on the same day, it declared pornography to be a public health risk.

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