How they voted: Roll call on assault weapons ban debate

Ross Spano. Image via You Tube screengrab

"Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or risky sexual behavior", said Spano, who announced a year ago he would run for state Attorney General.

That was after a House Democrat pressed the sponsor why he didn't think gun violence was a more pressing health risk in Florida.

Following the announcement, 16-year-old junior Sheryl Acquaroli was filmed bursting into tears and covering her mouth in disbelief of the outcome.

As scores of commentators noted yesterday online, this meant the Florida House literally decided on the same day that pornography was more harmful to American society than assault rifles.

According to the passed bill, pornography can exacerbate mental and physical illnesses and promote deviant, problematic or unsafe behaviors.

The full resolution cites addiction, greater risk of low self-esteem and eating disorders among the dangers while noting that porn objectifies women and fuels sex trafficking.

These same lawmakers did not want to debate if AR-15 assault rifles should be banned after another mass shooting. Just Tuesday they received a promise for a $500,000 donation from George and Amal Clooney, who said the movement "inspired" them.

"Basically, what they have determined is that these are the Republican priorities in 2018: Wasting our time with debate and legislation that declares porn as a health threat, meanwhile we can't even get a single debate, vote, or hearing on anything related to assault weapons", he continued. More protests and walkouts are planned in the coming weeks. "That's the goal", he said.

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.

Students have organized March For Our Lives, a nationwide march to take place on March 24.

Diego Pfeiffer, 18, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, acknowledged the issue has multiple perspectives and likened the need to toughen gun control to the fight to end slavery and the suffrage movement.

The students arrived at Leon High School in Tallahassee late Tuesday.

"We're fighting for the friends we lost. And we are going to be voting you out".

Pfeiffer said: "This isn't about school shootings, and this isn't about ... violence anymore, this is about hope". This is about you guys.



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