While the Florida State House was debating the gun bill, one state representative made it clear that it is the elected officials who are going to make the laws, not the students-turned-activists who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“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?” state Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R) asked Wednesday. “Are there any children making laws? 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. The adults make the laws because we have the age, we has the wisdom, and we have the experience,” she continued.
The final bill that was passed by the state House included provisions that raised the age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21, allowed some school personnel to be armed during school hours, and banned the sale or possession of bump stocks, according to CNN.
People were not happy with the state representative’s notion:
That analogy makes no sense. These people can’t even come up with a good reason to stop the Parkland kids.
— Vivian Vacca (@ViviVacca) March 7, 2018
If homework killed 33,000 people a year I have no doubt it would be banned…and we would listen to kids' concerns about it! @Emma4Change
— Hans the German Butler (@HansButler) March 8, 2018
The adults in the FL Legislature have done NOTHING and continue to do the bidding of the NRA. This woman is FLAWED. The 'children' she dismisses will be voting this year and next, so…I suggest that we literally CLEAN HOUSE of these right wingers who only love money.
— Suki S. Miller (@SukiSMiller) March 8, 2018
Hey Elizabeth “We have the experience” is a pretty bold statement. Have you even stepped foot into a public school? Have you watched your classmates scream in fear while being shot at? Have you had to attend a funeral of your best friend at the age of 14? My guess is no.
— sydney (@shdneybzdel) March 8, 2018