A day before Florida lawmakers passed gun control measures, state Rep. Elizabeth Porter shot down the idea of taking ideas from teenagers on the issue and likened it to passing laws about homework.
Here's the statement the Republican lawmaker — who was first elected in 2010 and has two children — made from the statehouse on Tuesday:
We've been told 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? No. The adults make the laws because we have the age. We has the wisdom. And we have the experience.
On Wednesday, the Florida House passed the state's first gun control measures in more than two decades in the wake of last month's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The measure, which the Senate had already approved, includes a program to arm classroom teachers. It heads to Republican Gov. Rick Scott to sign.
The survivors from the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and other teenagers around the country have mobilized in the weeks since the massacre, calling on lawmakers at both the state and federal level to address the gun issue.