Parkland students travel to Florida capital to push gun reform

Parkland students travel to Florida capital to push gun reform

A handful of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students watched in dismay as the Florida House blocked debate on a bill to ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were gunned down at their school.

Yet only an hour later the state's House of Representatives approved a resolution declaring pornography to be a public health risk.

The resolution states a need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography. "Absent any reference to this bill, the bill will be considered dead", McGhee replied.

"He was saying porn as a health risk was more important to address here in the Florida Legislature than the epidemic of gun violence", Smith said.

"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, '" state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) told the Independent.

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The bill was assigned to the three committees in the House but was not scheduled for a hearing.

Some Stoneman Douglas students were in attendance during the House session when lawmakers shot down the proposal for stricter gun laws, while others were en route to the Capitol to discuss school safety with representatives.

"The only objective of an assault weapon like this is to kill, and to kill as many people as possible". While they're rightfully frustrated that the adults in charge don't seem to care enough to even have a debate about measures to make them safer in school, they're taking to social media to make it clear that there's no way they're heading home yet. "We are not forgetting this come Midterm Elections - the Anger that I feel right now is indescribable". He allegedly used an AR-15 assault rifle that he had purchased legally.

For Mr Guillermo-Smith, the relative silence regarding the assault weapons ban is nothing new. "I am fairly certain that we are going to have some changes in Tallahassee".

Also on Tuesday, an aide to Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison was sacked over controversial comments about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students.

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