Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R) this week pushed back on the students who have spoken out in favor of stricter gun laws, saying they did not have the “wisdom” or the “experience” to make laws that would protect them from future school shootings.
“We’ve been told that we need to listen to the children and do what the children ask,” said Republican Rep. Elizabeth Porter on Tuesday during the Florida House debate on a gun bill.
“Are there any children on this floor?” she asked. “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,” she said. “The adults make the laws because we have the age, we has the wisdom [sic], and we have the experience.”
GOP FL lawmaker: “We've been told to listen to children and do what they ask. Are there any children on this floor? Are they making laws? Do we allow children to tell us we should pass a law that says no homework? No. The adults make the laws…because we has the wisdom" pic.twitter.com/W92eIrGSgm
— GuardiansOfDemocracy (@Guardemocracy) March 8, 2018
Emma González, one of the student advocates who survived the Florida school shooting last month, responded to Porter saying she and her fellow advocates weren’t pushing for new gun reform legislation “just because we feel like it.”
Sorry if you think we want you to pass laws protecting us “just because we feel like it” https://t.co/lXKC0P6c29
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 8, 2018