Last Wednesday, 17 people were killed by a shooter armed with an assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Today, the Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives voted 36-71 against a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles and possibly prevent more kids from dying.
This isn’t even a vote on the bill itself—just a motion to begin discussing an assault weapons ban. Yet Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature refused to even consider the idea.
According to the Associated Press, Stoneman Douglas students traveled hundreds of miles by bus to the state capitol in Tallahassee in order to pressure the GOP legislature to take action. Yet people working in that very same legislature were apparently too busy spreading conspiracy theories of far-right media sites to notice:
This week has shown that there is no depths to which the Republican Party will not sink.