CNN's Brooke Baldwin to FL state Rep.: "Why is pornography worthy of a debate and not semi-automatic weapons?"
Report: Florida House declares pornography a health risk, declines to debate ban on assault weapons
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From the February 21 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): The bill's sponsor, Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith [(D-FL)] from Orlando. He took to social media after this whole thing went down and it was voted ultimately no, and he wrote this: "17 people in Parkland were just murdered with an AR-15 plus the Florida House just passed @RossSpano's HR 157 declaring porn as a public health risk. No. Gun violence is a public health crisis plus Spano blocked HB 219 banning assault weapons in his committee for two years." Rep. Caldwell, why is pornography a bigger health risk than semi-automatic weapons in the hands of a deranged individual?
REP. MATT CALDWELL (R-FL): Listen, we have got to focus on what's going to really make a difference. And having a blanket ban and you can say it was an assault weapons ban. People can read the bill and see that is was a blanket ban and we're not going to do --
BALDWIN: Rep. Caldwell, why is pornography -- Why is pornography a bigger health risk than a semi-automatic weapon in the hands of a deranged individual? Answer my question, please, sir.
CALDWELL: Listen, I believe -- and we shouldn't have weapons in the hands of deranged individuals.
BALDWIN: Why is that worthy of a debate? Why is pornography worthy of a debate and not semi-automatic weapons? Just answer me that.
CALDWELL: Trying to pull a bill -- trying to pull a bill out of committee is a political stunt. We don't do that. We've never done that the time that I've been in the House.
BALDWIN: Stop going back to your talking points, sir. Stop!