WATCH: Florida state Rep. Elizabeth Porter dismisses Florida shooting survivors calls for increased gun control.— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 7, 2018
"Do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that says no homework?"https://t.co/Lrjygjriqh pic.twitter.com/iYBpePcpYG
Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter is not a fan of young activists.
The Republican lawmaker made it clear when she went on criticizing her colleagues who support students protesting against existing gun laws, stating it was an “adult’s” job to make policies.
“We’ve been told that we need to listen to the children and do what the children ask, are there any children on this floor? Are there any children making laws?” asked the enraged politician during a state house debate.
“Do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that says ’no homework’? Or you finish high school at the age of 12 just because they want it so? No,” she continued. “The adults make the laws because we have the age, we has [sic] the wisdom and we have the experience.”
Porter’s statement was not received well by the general public.
I spit out my coffee watching this. I know of 17 kids who'll never be doing homework again! To equate not wanting to get shot in the face with not wanting to write an essay is obscene. Should be in every @SenateDems ad in 2018.— Jgprps (@jgprps) March 7, 2018
FL kids want to learn in safety and peace. If the state is going to compel kids to be in a place, they better damn well make sure it is safe. Hopefully, the families of the kids will sue @StateofFlorida for billions. Only language they understand.— Jgprps (@jgprps) March 7, 2018
So why don't they use their age, wisdom and experience to make schools safe? Obviously to me, those qualities are lost on these people...— Barry Greene (@barrysd) March 7, 2018
I suggest that adults give @NRA Rep. Porter a call at her office (386) 719-4600 and let her know these kids speak for us. We are tired of being ignored and dismissed so you can get more blood money.— Katie Carlsson (@bufotwist) March 8, 2018
Great analogy...that's what this is about...homework. Students saying they don't want to be shot down in record numbers at school and this woman compares it to outlawing homework. I think she's demonstrated their point about adults.— Anne McCarthy (@AM_McCarthy) March 7, 2018
Students from all over the country have garnered praise for their commendable fight against the pro-gun culture. In the wake of the Florida shooting that took 17 lives, students from all across the country have participated in marches and protests, demanding better gun laws from the government, including making dangerous weapons less accessible in the country.
Politicians and TV personalities have hailed the young activists as inspiring and brave.
However, Porter, like several of her Republican colleagues, is definitely not one of them.
Recently, an Arizona GOPer, Richard Mack, stated the Florida survivors use the “exact same kind of language as Hitler and Stalin.”
Despite the young activists’ continued efforts, the state is yet to ban the selling and keeping of assault style rifles, though Florida recently passed a bill that would raise the legal age for buying weapons from 18 to 21 and imposes a waiting period for acquiring a weapon.
The bill only marginally passed, with Democrats and Republicans both unhappy with certain aspects of it. The proposal also allows certain teachers to carry guns into school premises, another topic that has come under national debate recently.
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