Florida Republicans Believe Porn Is More Dangerous Than Assault Rifles

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Fla. Republicans declared pornography a public health crisis on the same day they failed to ban semi-automatic rifles.

In the wake of this month's school shooting, students and other concerned citizens descended upon the Florida state Capitol Tuesday hoping to see gun legislation move closer to becoming law.

Unfortunately, anyone who showed up looking for reasonable gun laws was severely disappointed. But those seeking a declaration that pornography is bad? It was their lucky day.

On the same day that Florida Republicans shot down a ban on semi-automatic weapons, they approved a resolution declaring pornography a public health risk.

According to the Washington Times, Rep. Ross Spano - a Republican running for attorney general - sponsored the anti-pornography resolution, but several House members were unclear on why it was being championed when more pressing matters were at hand.

During a debate, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith asked Spano if pornography has killed or physically injured anyone. He went one step further in asking Spano if pornography has caused any first responders to seek counseling.

Spano said he did not know. Smith has had his own bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines get stuck in Spano’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

But if Smith was hoping his bill would see daylight soon, he was bound to be disappointed; Republicans made clear they would not debate any gun legislation.

CNN reports that legislators rejected the measure, and because the subcommittees to consider the bill are not scheduled to meet this session, the bill is effectively dead.

Lawmakers voted down a motion to consider the ban during a session that opened with a prayer for the 17 people killed by a former student last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The vote in the Republican-dominated body was 36-71.

Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was devastated when the votes were tallied.

Sheryl said the next person who is killed by an AR-15 like the one used at her school will be the fault of the 71 people who voted no Tuesday.

"They had a chance to stop it today," she said. "If there is another mass shooting (in Florida) it's going to be their fault."

Smith was livid, writing on Twitter:

"17 pp in Parkland were just murdered w/an AR-15, + the FL House just passed @RossSpano's HR 157 declaring PORN as a public heath risk. No, GUN VIOLENCE is a public health crisis + Spano blocked HB 219 banning assault weapons in his committee for 2 yrs."

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida's Republican governor, said at a Tuesday roundtable on the topic of school safety that he expects to have a proposal on Friday.

"My goal is to come up with something that is going to move the needle and make parents feel more comfortable that their kid's going to go to a safe school. That's the goal," he said. "These kids have got to go to safe schools."

In the mean time, Floridians can rest easy knowing that Republicans believe pornography is harmful.

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