4 Things Florida Legislators Would Rather Do Than Ban Guns

Despite the massive carnage at the recent Parkland shooting, Congress continues to drag its feet on doing any meaningful gun control bills. And, unfortunately, the state of Florida itself appears to be following suit.

The Florida state legislature continues to meet and address current legislation, but when students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marched on the state house and demanded gun control, politicians refused to act.

What have the Florida state senators and representatives been doing instead that has kept them so preoccupied? Pushing their ongoing social conservative Republican agenda, of course.

1. Declare pornography a public health issue

As Care2′s Lauren Longo reports, the legislature is in the process of tackling a really, really dangerous public health menace: naked breasts and penises.

Just after a mere three-minute-long discussion about banning assault rifles, the body then turned to debating a resolution to declare pornography a public health issue. It’s hard to know which is more ironic — that the legislature really somehow believes that pornography is more of a danger than the weapons that destroyed 17 lives just days earlier, or that they felt the need to debate this “dangerous pornography” in front of a gallery full of under-aged students who had arrived to demand school safety.

2. Give more money to charter schools

Of course, the lawmakers of Florida have an even better answer to children who feel unsafe in their schools: Throw some money at them so they can go to a different school.

The state legislature is also debating extending the school voucher program and offering more resources to charter schools that operate near underperforming public schools. It’s difficult to see this as anything more than a way to funnel funds away from public schools — a process that leads to more racial and economic segregation and exasperates the divisions that lead to school violence in the first place.

3. Require “In God We Trust”

If you’ve followed conservative news at all since the school shooting occurred, you’ll no doubt have heard the wellspring of declarations that there weren’t any school shootings back in the days when prayer was allowed in public schools. In fact, conservative pundits argue, it’s the removal of God from public life all together that has caused a culture war. And one that supposedly leads “disturbed” people to gun down others, showing they have no value for human life.

Now the Florida legislature is addressing their concerns directly by sticking God back in the classroom where they think He belongs. Tampa Bay News reports:

The bill (HB 839) would require all public schools to post the state motto, “In God We Trust,” in a “conspicuous place.” Sponsor Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat who runs her own ministry, said Florida needed the legislation, given the goings on in the state. “He is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is not black or white,” Daniels said. “He is the light, and our schools need light in them like never before.”

The bill overwhelmingly passed the House, but it has yet to be introduced in the Senate.

4. Ban abortion after the second trimester

And finally, the house also took a stab at banning a procedure used in virtually all abortions after the first trimester, trying to provoke a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Like numerous states before it  — all of whom have had their bans tied up in the courts as unconstitutional, Florida too is trying to ban D&E abortions. The state is demanding that those who offer abortions inject the pregnant person’s womb with an unnecessary drug to induce fetal demise before the procedure can begin.

For the Florida legislature, the idea of a fetus potentially feeling pain during an abortion — even though medical consensus says they are not developed enough for that to be possible — is something that must be addressed immediately.

But preventing living schoolchildren from being ripped apart by high velocity bullets? Well, that can just wait until next session — if at all.

Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr

149 comments

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld4 months ago

Rhoberta,
You are correct that I do not like the lies, criminal activity, indecent relationships, and greed by the those Democrats that care2 supports. This site used to be an avenue to express support for important issues. Lately, it has turned into a puppet of the Democratic Party. There is still hope that this site can be saved, by those of us who care.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

dan blossfeld
It seems the republicans demonize themselves just like trump does every day.
This IS a liberal leaning site so I guess if you don't LIKE the expression of disbelief, lies, criminal activity, sensible laws, and indecent relationships, environmental rape and greed shown BY those republicans, don't read the article or maybe find a site more suited to your fence sitting

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld4 months ago

Fiona,
Care2 has been printing more and more articles aimed at demonizing Republicans. They are showing more and more that they are just a surrogate for the Democratic Party. They have lost all semblance of impartiality.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Renata K
Renata Kovacs4 months ago

Thanks for sharing ,,

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Karen H
Karen H4 months ago

Why are Florida lawmakers siding with the NRA? Read this, it'll explain a lot. -https://www.thetrace.org/features/nra-influence-florida-marion-hammer-gun-laws/
Banning abortion. Here we go again. Our legislators only care about "life" in the womb and have shown by their inaction that they don't care at all about "life" in a classroom.
As for "In God We Trust", they need to explain which god. There are a lot of them, and we don't all worship the same one. Some even worship a goddess. Oh, my!

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Mike A
Mike A.4 months ago

Just tell me how you are going to take guns away from criminals??? They already do not follow the law.........

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

@ Fiona Ogilvie
Feel free not to read articles like this if you choose but respect the right of others to write articles "like this" and for others to read them.

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