Political aftermath of the Parkland

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing by the dozens to Tallahassee this week to lobby their lawmakers to pass gun control legislation, in the wake of the shooting that left 17 of their classmates and teachers dead last week. But they face long odds in trying to get anything done in Florida, where gun rights proponents have a strong grip on the Republican-controlled state Legislature. One of those gun-rights defenders, GOP state Sen. Dennis Baxley, told VICE News that he opposes any restrictions on assault weapons — the kind of gun used by the Stoneman Douglas shooter, a 19-year-old former student at the school. "You can't just make policy that doesn't work," he told VICE News. "It's the mindset that's the issue," not the weapon. When asked why Floridians should have the right to buy AR-15s, Baxley said he wanted to focus on cultural issues. "Spoons are used to eat stuff to kill yourself with obesity, but we're not picking up spoons to get rid of obesity," Baxley added. When a VICE News correspondent noted that spoons aren't used to commit mass murder, Baxley said, "I understand where you're coming from, and I wish that would solve your problem. It won't."

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