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Florida GOP Lawmaker Can’t Explain Why He Thinks Porn Is A Bigger Health Risk Than Gun Violence

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Florida GOP Lawmaker Can’t Explain Why He Thinks Porn Is A Bigger Health Risk Than Gun Violence





Florida Rep. Matt Caldwell (R) had trouble explaining why his Republican party refused to even discuss implementing an assault weapons ban on the same day the state’s Republican-controlled House declared pornography to be a public health crisis.

High school students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Fla., traveled to the state Capitol on Tuesday to demand action on guns, but Florida House lawmakers declined to open debate on a bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines. In that same session, lawmakers supported a bill that declares pornography a public health risk.

That bill “recognizes public health risk created by pornography & acknowledges need for education, prevention, research, & policy change to protect citizens of this state.”

“Representative Caldwell, why is pornography a bigger health risk than semi-automatic weapons in the hands of a deranged individual?” CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Caldwell.

“Listen, we have got to focus on what is really going to make a difference, and having a blanket ban–” Caldwell replied before Baldwin repeated her question.

Caldwell again refused to answer.

“Listen, I believe — we shouldn’t have weapons in the hands of deranged individuals,” he said, before alluding to concerns he has that the process used by Democratic lawmakers to try and reopen the debate about an assault weapons ban was a departure from precedent.

“Stop going back to your talking points sir, stop,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think these people are asking for their guns to be taken away, they are asking for you to consider a conversation — a consideration of a ban of a weapon used in war, instead of having it in the hands of a deranged individuals which we have witnessed in so many shootings in this country. Why won’t you have that conversation?”




Caldwell said he “had that conversation with the Parkland students today, we’re going to have that conversation in committee through the process that we use for every bill that we’ve ever passed through the House and off the floor. We’re not going to circumvent that process for any bill.”

Caldwell then admitted that he believes that more guns are the solution to gun violence.

“We don’t have an ability for people to be able to defend themselves in our schools, ” Caldwell said. “Our schools are targeted because they are gun-free zones because no one on the campus is able to defend themselves. It’s why you don’t have this violence happen in other places, and why it exclusively seems to happen in places where people can’t defend themselves.”




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