Florida’s Legislature Decides Guns Aren’t the Problem, Porn Is

Just days after 17 people were murdered at a Florida high school, with survivors of the shooting watching from the gallery, Florida lawmakers rejected a ban on semiautomatic guns.

The Florida House declined to even consider HB 219, which would ban AR-15 rifles like the one used at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as other assault rifles and large capacity magazines. The bill never even made it out of committee.

Tuesday’s vote was on whether or not the bill should be moved from committee and to the House floor for consideration, debate and a vote. The Republican-controlled House voted 71-36 against even hearing the bill.

House Rep. Kionne McGhee had requested the vote, saying, “the shooting in Parkland demands extraordinary action.”

After the vote, she said the bill was “effectively dead.”

Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting became emotional, watching from above as their representatives made it very clear that their lives and the lives of other children were not worth as much as campaign contributions from the NRA.

“They had a chance to stop it today,” said Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16-year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. “If there is another mass shooting (in Florida) it’s going to be their fault.” She called the vote, “heartbreaking.”

“That’s unacceptable,” said Spencer Blum, another student. “It shows that they don’t care about us.”

In the same session in which lawmakers refused to even discuss gun control and its potential benefits to public health, they declared pornography a public health risk. Specifically, the House decided pornography posed a health risk to children.

In a single session, lawmakers prayed for children murdered because of gun violence, refused to do anything about gun violence, and instead decided porn posed a substantial risk to children.

They passed a resolution calling for “education, prevention, research, and policy change” to protect Florida’s children and other residents from the dangers of porn.

Republican Rep. Ross Spano says there is research linking the viewing of pornography with “mental and physical illness, difficulty with relationships, and unhealthy brain development” which could lead to low self-esteem and deviant behavior.

When asked if Spano knew if pornography every killed anyone, he said he did not know. Guns kill nearly 1,300 children in the US every year. And yet, it is pornography which remains the priority.

Apparently, Florida’s legislators are very concerned with the safety and well-being of children as it pertains to the porn industry, which is presumably not footing the bills on any of their campaigns.

Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes.

73 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

tks for sharing

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heather g
heather g8 months ago

They don't address mental health issues either. The number of facilities are inadequate.

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Angela J
Angela J8 months ago

Thanks

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silja s
silja salonen8 months ago

law makers are the criminals. they are the ones who arm the murderers

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Elaine D
Elaine D8 months ago

Why do lawmakers continually think they are immune from what's happening in the streets? They really think they have super powers and are immune from gun violence, pollution and all the other things happening to the people who should be in control of this world instead of a bunch of brain dead self serving zombies?

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Leanne K
Leanne K8 months ago

Ffs

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Brian F
Brian F8 months ago

So once again after another of our ubiquitous mass shootings and loss of life, which happens more in the USA than any other country, the gutless coward politicians in the USA, refuse to ban assault weapons, even though other countries have done it, and seen dramatic results. This proves the NRA owns our venal politicians. But then we've always known that. I realize that guns don't kill people, but making it much harder to get assault weapons, as other countries have done, does reduce these mass shootings. Sure people will always be able to get weapons illegally in the black market, but a ban on assault weapons would make it harder, and deter many mentally unstable people from committing these cowardly mass killings.

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Julie W
Julie W8 months ago

Eric L, "humans wielding guns kill 1300 children in the US every year. The gun is not the source as no gun kills on it's own........."

Not true, as many of those were accidental killings. There was no intention to kill, unlike a school shooting for instance. In many cases the gun DID 'kill on its own'.

I would never say there is only one solution that works - several things need to be changed, But banning assault rifles would be a good start.

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Alanna R
Alanna R8 months ago

Porn is actually often created at the expense of victims of human trafficking, but it would be a lot more productive to crackdown on Human Trafficking and protecting victims than just banning porn.

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JinnySITEISSUES L
JinnySITEISSUES L8 months ago

Self-serving perverts. Absolutely no morals and quite frankly wisdom or common sense. Shame on them. Thanks for posting.

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