Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R) said that lawmakers shouldn’t be listening to students who demand stricter gun laws because they lack “wisdom” and “experience.”
“We’ve been told that we need to listen to the children and do what the children ask. Are there any children on this floor? 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?” Porter said on Tuesday.
“No. The adults make the laws because we have the age, we have the wisdom and we have the experience,” she added.
WATCH: Florida state Rep. Elizabeth Porter dismisses Florida shooting survivors calls for increased gun control.
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 7, 2018
Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the shooting that took place at a Florida high school last month, fired back at Porter’s comments, she said that 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
Florida lawmakers passed a bill this week for a program that would arm school teachers, costing taxpayers $67 million.