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Porn Declared Health Risk by Florida House

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

On Tuesday, Florida House lawmakers passed a bill that officially declares pornography as a health risk via voice vote.

Many people are upset that this bill passed so quickly when less than an hour before, a bill to ban “assault rifles” was rejected. The left is arguing that porn has never killed anyone and that banning guns is the more important topic.

The bill proposed to ban the rifles was rejected with a vote of 36-71, and was complete within three minutes.

The Hill reports: 

During the debate, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) questioned state Rep. Ross Spano, the GOP lawmaker who presented the pornography bill, asking if pornography has killed anyone or caused first responders to seek counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“[Spano] was saying porn as a health risk was more important to address here in the Florida Legislature than the epidemic of gun violence,” Smith continued, “These are their priorities. I don’t understand the politics, to be honest, if I’m being honest. I’m not aware there’s a base of voters who are losing sleep every night over the epidemic of pornography as a public health crisis.”

Survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were present in the gallery watching while the lawmakers voted not to consider the ban on assault rifles, and many have since intensified their calls to vote the lawmakers out of office.

Sheryl Acquaroli, a junior from Stoneman Douglas, told CNN that the lawmakers’ decision to not consider the assault rifle ban was “heartbreaking.” Police say the gunman used an AR-15 assault rifle, purchased legally, to kill 17 people and injure 14 others at the school last Wednesday.

“It was just so heartbreaking to see how many names were up there, especially after it was my school,” Acquaroli said. “It seemed almost heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say ‘no.’”

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