Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles, but say porn is risky


The Florida House of Representatives voted down a motion to consider a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines Tuesday.

The 71-36 vote, as many predicted, split across party lines in the Republican-controlled state House, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Florida state Rep. Kionne McGhee was the lawmaker who asked for the assault weapons bill to be brought to the floor for debate, requesting what he called an "extraordinary procedural move".

The measure sponsored by Rep. Ross Spano would allow the Department of State to share voter information with other states provided that the effort is not controlled by the federal government.

The students on the bus were still going to continue calling for change in Tallahassee on Wednesday with a planned #NeverAgain rally to support "common sense gun control".

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

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Dismayed students, many of whom traveled from the Parkland-based high school where the shooting occurred to pressure lawmakers, appeared visibly frustrated with the outcome.

Watching the session were student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who set out early that morning for the capitol with plans to speak with lawmakers over the next couple of days about the need for gun control reform.

"Basically, what they have determined is that these are the Republican priorities in 2018", Guillermo-Smith said.

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

Our message is at this point, for the politicians: If you're not with us, you're against us.

"Further context: the Census Bureau reports ages 18-29 turnout rate was 30 percent in 1974, the first midterm election 18-20 yr olds could vote (except in 4 states) and followed the close of the Vietnam War", McDonald tweeted.