Florida legislators reject motion on bill to ban assault rifles

A senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weeps in front of a cross and Star of David for shooting victim Meadow Pollack on Sunday

During the same session of the House, lawmakers voted against discussing a bill that would ban the assault rifles like the one that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz used to shoot and kill 17 people at his former high school just last week.

About 100 survivors from the high school traveled 450 miles from Parkland to the state capital to speak to legislators Wednesday.

The resolution was approved Tuesday and states there needs to be more education, research, and policy changes to safeguard Florida residents against pornography, Fox News reported. Smith has had his own bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines get stuck in Spano's Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Republican Rep. Ross Spano, who's a candidate for attorney general, defended this vote by saying there is research that finds a connection between pornography use and mental/physical illness, forming and maintain intimate relationships, and deviant sexual behavior. "Absent any reference to this bill, the bill will be considered dead", McGhee replied.

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

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"No, GUN VIOLENCE is a public health crisis", Representative Smith tweeted, in response to the assertion that pornography poses an urgent health threat to teens.

She also cited research that has found that people who watch porn are more likely to have feminist views. We're trying to save the lives of innocent children.

Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were watching the vote from the gallery, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. This decision has led to collective face-palming and calls from Democratic lawmakers to focus on the issue of coherent gun control to keep mass shootings from happening.

Smith was soon shut down by Speaker pro tempore Jeanette Nuñez, who asked for other questions. 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.

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