Just days after a teenager used an AR-15 to murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Republicans in the Florida House stood in front of survivors from the shooting
and turned down a motion to even debate whether or not the state should regulate the sale and possession of semi-automatic rifles and extended magazines.
The bill, HB 219
, was introduced by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans by a margin of 76-36. You can read more on the bill here
Here are the Orlando-area lawmakers who voted "nay."
- Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs
- Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud
- Mike Miller, R-Winter Park
- Robert "Bobby O" Olszewski, R-Winter Garden
- Scott Plakon, R-Longwood
- Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford
- Rene "Coach P" Plasencia, R-Orlando
- Jennifer Mae Sullivan, R-Mount Dora
Instead of addressing assault weapons, despite the state of Florida now claiming two of the 10 worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history
, the House decided to vote to approve a resolution filed by Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, that recognizes the "public health risk created by pornography and acknowledges the need for education, prevention, research and policy change to protect citizens of this state."
On a side note, Spano's twitter account was caught "liking" lesbian porn
CORRECTION: We updated the story to include Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford.