GOP Lawmakers Blew Off Florida Shooting Victims to Debate the Dangers… of Smut
Republican Lawmakers in Florida Just Spat in the Face of Survivors of the Parkland School Shootings
Yesterday, the Republican dominated Florida House of Representatives showed their true colors by refusing to even discuss the banning of certain guns, such as the AR-15 assault rifle, in the wake of the brutal shooting that took the lives of 17 students in their own state. The vote to determine whether or not they would even talk about the gun issue was 36 for…and 71 against!
— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) February 20, 2018
What was the major concern instead? Pornography. As the Huffington Post points out, the state’s lawmakers had plenty of time to talk about a bill that states that porn is a public health risk and calls for policy changes that will protect teenagers from from it. And they passed it!
So, here is a state that just had 17 students gunned down and refuses to even discuss changing any policies or laws that would curb access to the type of gun that enabled the entire tragedy, but is greatly concerned about the impact that porn has on teens? You really can’t make this stuff up.
One Democrat state representative, Carlos Guillermo Smith, was NOT impressed by this terrible miscarriage of justice and blasted the Republicans for their twisted thinking, according to the Washington Post.
“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.”
To make it even worse, the representatives did this right in front of survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre who were there in hopes of seeing real change in the wake of their horrible experience. Instead, they saw how callous and cold-hearted the people who are supposed to represent them and their interests really can be.
#StonemanDouglas students react in the #Florida House gallery as a motion to revive legislation to ban assault weapons is shot down by the chamber’s majority Republicans #guncontrol #ParklandShooting pic.twitter.com/DPRpVbpwVL
— Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) February 20, 2018
Featured image composite by Reverb Press: legs by , Alfredo Gayou, Flickr; Gunman by George Frey/Getty Images, licensed.
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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.