Florida House Decides Porn Is Bad But Guns Are Good

Florida legislatures blocked a house bill looking to ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and verbally passed a bill declaring pornography a health risk

  • HB 219 was created to ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines

  • The Democratic bill was blocked by a 71 to 36 vote

  • HB 157 calls for education for the public and especially teenagers about the dangers of pornography

Less than a week after the deadly shooting at a Broward County, Florida high school, Florida Republicans have blocked a bill from entering a debate that would address the issue of owning assault weapons in the state.

The Democratic-sponsored bill  (HB 219), would ban the sale and possession of the same semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines that Nikolas Cruz used during his shooting spree. Several survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland watched as Republicans entered a 71 to 36 vote to block the bill.

The bill has been mired in the House subcommittee for months but has yet to be heard. HB 219 is sponsored by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, who knew victims in the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub that claimed 49 lives.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, interrupted Smith, stating he was speaking on the “substance of the bill.” According to House rules, a debate may only be over whether a bill should have been referred to three committees.

After blocking the assault weapon ban, the Florida legislature declared pornography to be a health risk for the public.

HB 157 calls for a “need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.” Republican Rep. Ross Spano states there is research that shows a correlation between pornography and mental and physical illness. Spano also states that pornography has a direct impact on forming and maintaining relationships and deviant sexual behavior.

Spano chairs the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, which happens to be the first committee to hear the assault weapon ban and is also a candidate for Florida’s next attorney general.

“Porn is more important? Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography? He (Spano) has made that a priority above gun violence. He needs to own that,” Smith told reporters on Tuesday following the House decision.

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