Florida lawmakers apparently think we are in more danger from Stormy Daniels than a disturbed teen storming a school with an assault weapon.
The same day it voted down a proposal to ban assault rifles (despite pleas of classmates of those gunned down in their Florida high school), the state’s House of Representatives voted last week to declare pornography a public health risk.
If you need another reason to be thankful you live in the New York metropolitan area, there you go. Is there any New Yorker, liberal, conservative or other, who thinks it’s less risky to face a deranged teen firing a semi-automatic weapon than watch Daniels’ “Big Busted Goddesses of Las Vegas?”
After the Sandy Hook school massacre, Connecticut lawmakers tightened the state’s gun laws, including expanding the definition of assault weapons and banning the sale of large capacity gun magazines. The rate of gun homicides in Connecticut has since dropped to record low levels, according to state data.
In the two weeks since the Parkland, Florida massacre, Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a couple of reforms of state law, but not a word about assault rifles. Meanwhile, the state remains intent on protecting its citizens from killer smut.
Am I saying we northerners are smarter than those in Florida and other states when it comes to common sense gun laws? Absolutely! According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Florida had 12.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, almost tripling New York’s 4.4. Florida’s neighbors did even worse, with Alabama averaging more than 21 deaths per capita.
It’s not an accident. New York state law bans most assault weapons and large capacity magazines, and keeps a statewide database of firearms licenses.
As fellow lawmakers continue to ignore his state’s high gun death rate and instead “study” the evil effects of porn, one Florida state representative voiced disgust. “(We are) wasting our time with debate and legislation that declares porn as a health threat,” Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Fla) told The Independent. “Meanwhile we can’t even get a single debate, vote or hearing on anything related to assault weapons.”
Yes, watching too much pornography can be harmful to your health. But I can’t recall the last death at a porn shoot.