This Florida lawmaker had harsh words for the student survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Florida House Representative Elizabeth Porter stated “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? 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 have the wisdom and we have the experience to make these laws. We have to make laws with our heads and not with our emotions.”
Representative Porter has a top NRA rating, while student activists have vocally supported an assault weapons ban and opposed measures to arm teachers. Regardless of this outcry, Florida House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that would create a program to arm some teachers and school officials. The bill would raise the age to buy all firearms to 21. It takes no action on banning assault-style weapons. Plenty of politicians have been critical of the students’ activism, but hopefully their words and actions will eventually end up enacting change.