Social media users blasted Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) for quickly introducing a bill to ban airlines from putting pets in overhead bins after a single dog died on a United flight while failing to call for more gun control following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.
“I will be filing a bill tomorrow that will prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins,” Kennedy tweeted on Wednesday. “Violators will face significant fines. Pets are family.”
I will be filing a bill tomorrow that will prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins. Violators will face significant fines. Pets are family.
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 14, 2018
Kennedy’s proposal came on the same day that thousands of students nationwide walked out of school to protest gun violence and honor victims of the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting that left 17 dead.
After the shooting last month, Kennedy said that the country needs “more idiot control” instead of more gun control.
Kennedy demanded that United’s president provide details about pet deaths on airlines in a letter Tuesday.
The airline has since taken responsibility and apologized for the incident.
I commend you for quickly introducing legislation to avoid same horrible tragedy, after a dog died on an airline. I hope it passes.
It would be nice if you and your colleagues would pass legislation to avoid same horrible tragedy after 17 kids and faculty were killed at a school. https://t.co/RWlONWffm5
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 15, 2018
Sooooo….a single puppy dies on a plane and you introduce a Bill in two days. 17 kids die and we don’t even have hearings. Real profile in courage. https://t.co/r8BJ4EhG1E
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) March 15, 2018
How about sneaking in an assault weapons ban in that bill too?
— Miss G (@GCasale) March 14, 2018
How about we ban assault weapons first.
7,000 children dead since Newtown. pic.twitter.com/Ivv3ZMRqY6
— Jenny Sant'Anna (@TWA2Jenny) March 14, 2018