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Florida House Brings Teen Activists To Tears After Rejecting Assault Weapon Debate In Favor Of Porn

Florida House Brings Teen Activists To Tears After Rejecting Assault Weapon Debate In Favor Of Porn
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Updated 4 months ago

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?

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.

Politicians better start paying attention. These kids aren't going anywhere.