Florida's House of Representatives Just Declared Pornography a Health Risk

Gerald Herbert  AP

Gerald Herbert AP

"No, GUN VIOLENCE is a public health crisis + Spano blocked HB 219 banning assault weapons in his committee for 2 yrs", said Smith.

The House chose not to consider the gun-control bill.

Florida House resolution HR 157 calls for "education, prevention, research and policy change to protect the citizens of this state" from the dangers of pornography.

The Republican-majority Florida House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon officially passed a bill declaring pornography a health risk - especially to teens - just one hour after refusing to take up a bill banning assault rifles.

While pollsters and political observers across the country are saying the political response to the nation's latest mass shooting will be different because young people are speaking up, organizing and calling for gun controls in unprecedented manners-including mass demonstrations in Tallahassee Wednesday-there is a hard truth behind the Florida House's cold-hearted, high-profile snub. 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. "They've already experienced worse than any of us adults ever will". "#Neveragain", tweeted student Emma Gonzalez. Are you Kidding me??? "We are not forgetting this come Midterm Elections - the Anger that I feel right now is indescribable".

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But on the same day, it declared pornography to be a public health risk.

A companion resolution in the Senate (SR 480), backed by Lakeland Republican Kelli Stargel, has not been heard.

Assault rifles were the weapons of choice for the killers in the mass shootings in Las Vegas a year ago, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016, and, of course, in last week's attack on a Parkland, Florida high school.

Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell was among those who voted Tuesday against debating the bill. "If you want to change the world start by voting". We're trying to save the lives of innocent children.

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