Florida has had the reputation of being ‘the gunshine’ state for years, but like Texas, has seen an influx of leftists who want to do away with their gun laws and pass gun control, instead.
But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t seem to be on board. According to the Miami Herald the Republican Governor wants to expand the state’s current Stand Your Ground law to include new wording that would curtail violent mobs.
According to the Hill, “The legislation would reportedly expand the state’s list of ‘forcible felonies’ to justify using force against people engaging in conduct resulting in the ‘interruption or impairment’ of a business.”
This new legislation, if made law, would make blocking traffic and third degree felony, and would even grant immunity to drivers who unintentionally kill or injure protesters blocking traffic.
Additionally, it would allow the use of force against people who are looting, which the draft version of the law defines as “burglary within 500 feet of violent or disorderly assembly.”
It would also add criminal penalties for people who engage in “violent or disorderly assemblies” at all.
On top of that, the new law would made local governments ineligible for state funds if they voted to ‘defund the police.’
DeSantis Wants Law And Order
Florida has had Stand Your Ground law, since 2005. The law is supposed to protect citizens who feel threatened or in danger of bodily harm. Stand Your Ground allows those innocent citizens to “meet force with force” without fear of criminal charges.
This is the second time that DeSantis has taken a stand for law and order this fall. Back in September, he introduced legislation that would withhold funding from municipalities that defunded their police.
When announcing his legislation in September, DeSantis didn’t pull any punches when discussing the rioting ‘peaceful protestors’:
“We are going to impose criminal penalties for violent or disorderly assemblies. That’ll be a third-degree felony. “We will also require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways. We see people take over interstates. That is absolutely hazardous. It’s not fair to motorists who may get caught up in that. So, that will be unacceptable.”
More Republicans Need To Follow
There are other Republican governors and legislators who haven’t so much as proposed a bill that would cause rioting mobs to pause. From the anti-gun Republican Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine to the Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka in Minnesota, there’s a collective lack of spine in the Republican party.
But the last six months have shown gun owners across the country that accepting cowards and sellouts as elected leaders isn’t cutting it anymore.
If your Republican legislator isn’t willing to get down and dirty and nasty with the anti-gun left, it’s just a matter of time before they’re going to sell out on guns. They’ll sell out on ANY issue that keeps them in their chair and on good terms with the more cutthroat Democrats.
Good boy politics are over. DeSantis seems to have realized that, at least.