American teens refuse to be silenced even after the Republican-led Florida House of Representatives brushed aside their concerns over school shootings in favor of discussing a bill declaring porn a public health risk.
Let's repeat that: Florida legislators refused to discuss an assault weapons ban but prioritized porn as a health risk.
Rep. Kionne McGhee (D) tried to bring the weapons ban bill to the floor but it was shot down 36-71 across party lines. Students who survived the Parkland school shooting stood by, helpless, as politicians voted instead on a bill that calls for “education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.”
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), who sponsored the bill, had this to say:
Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography?
The adults in this room are going to let these inspirational young adults down until they can vote the adults out of office. Unbelievable.— 🌊Diligent Dawn🦈 (@viewsfordays) February 20, 2018
well done 71 legislators, you have shown your true color. we’ll take note and vote you out next time around— Carla Chipana (@carlachip) February 20, 2018
Emma Gonzalez, one of the students speaking out on gun control, posted a passionate reaction on Twitter.
But the students aren't backing down. Today a group of teens held a Parkland Survivors Rally, giving speeches to the media expressing their anger and frustration at the reluctance of politicians to take their safety concerns seriously. After meeting with a handful of politicians, the students came away annoyed at what they saw as empty, shallow platitudes.
Delaney Tarr, one of the students, said:
We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers… To every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA… We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action.
Florida school shooting survivor Delaney Tarr: “We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers… To every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA… We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action” https://t.co/j5nKyzE0sK pic.twitter.com/zuYcaKUr2s— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2018
America is choosing guns over the lives of our children and it is completely apparent and appalling that we have a system of government that clearly doesn't give a damn cause they are having an affair with the #NRA.#Chooselivesnotguns#GunLawsNOW #GunContolNow #FloridaShooting— Cal Gaines (@CalGainesPhoto) February 21, 2018
Power in our youth!!! The simple answer to the question, "Should the US ban assault weapons?" is YES!!! It's a very simple first step.— Jeannie (@ljspeirs64) February 21, 2018
Thank you ms. tarr, and all your amazing strong schoolmates. If all young americans in this country would do as all of you are doing, demanding our legislators do their jobs and put us first and not the nra, change will happen. Young people, be heard!— Matthew V (@Vodschnickles) February 21, 2018
Hope that the Florida students will inspire students across the country to press their State lawmakers to act . Power in numbers.— @GDP1958 (@gdpreogmailcom1) February 21, 2018
Politicians better start paying attention. These kids aren't going anywhere.