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Florida House declines gun debate, declares porn risky

Florida House declines gun debate, declares porn risky

Northwest Florida's representatives to the Florida House each voted against holding debate on a proposed bill which would outlaw the sale of assault rifles in the state.

House Democrats in committees and on the floor have said the bill is a waste of the Legislature's time and that more important bills and topics need to be heard.

A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion seeing the Florida House refuse to let the bill out of committee.

"It was just so heartbreaking to see how many (voters') names were up there, especially after it was my school", Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16-year-old junior at Stoneman Douglas who was watching, told CNN. Just Tuesday they received a promise for a $500,000 donation from George and Amal Clooney, who said the movement "inspired" them.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Ross Spano, said that 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", at a hearing last month before the House's Health & Human Services Committee.

The measure was filed by Dover Republican Ross Spano, also a candidate for Attorney General. There is now no conclusive research evidence on the subject. But the Florida House is not alone in recognizing pornography as a public health crisis.




Meanwhile, there is an terrible lot of research indicating that stricter gun laws are correlated with a reduction in gun homicides, while looser gun laws are correlated with more gun homicides.

"The only objective of an assault weapon like this is to kill, and to kill as many people as possible".

He stated that the fact that the lawmakers were in session makes it more likely that they could take action, compared with after the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which took place during a summer recess. "But that's still a public policy concern".

Research on gun violence as a public health issue, on the other hand, was banned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1996.

Yet the Florida bill says that 'recent research indicated that one can develop a compulsive disorder in which excessive amounts of pornography are consumed'.

Others on Twitter lambasted Florida lawmakers for focusing on porn instead of guns.