Fla. lawmaker pushes back on students’ demand for gun laws: You don’t have the wisdom to make laws

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 "experience" to make laws. 

"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 continued.

One of the student advocates who survived the Florida school shooting last month, Emma González, responded that she and her fellow advocates weren't pushing for new gun reform legislation "just because we feel like it." 

Porter's comments came Tuesday, before the state's House of Representatives voted 67-50 to approve legislation that would increase the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and establish a three-day wait period for most purchases of those guns. 

The measure also creates new mental health programs for schools and it works to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who show signs of mental illness.

The bill now awaits the signature of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

The legislation was a response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, where 17 people died and 14 others were injured. 

The shooting prompted various student survivors to publicly advocate for gun regulations.