After Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc in the Sunshine State, the massive amount of damage and destruction prompted Governor Ron DeSantis to speak up on the matter of looting and trespassing. This becomes a common occurrence after events like these.
During a news conference on Friday, DeSantis reminded all those listening that Florida still respects law and order where law and order are due. The authorities won’t stand around and let anyone take advantage of others’ misery caused by the hurricane.
DeSantis reminds criminals Florida still supports the 2nd Amendment
Later in the day, he followed up on his initial statement by claiming Florida to be a “2nd Amendment state,” warning any potential criminals not to even think about looting.
This is largely because any looter in Florida would be pushing their luck when they trespass.
Joy Reid says Ron DeSantis is racist for warning against looting in Florida. Why does she assume the looters will be black? She must be the racist.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) October 1, 2022
It’s highly likely that DeSantis’ statement was caused by a news conference the day before, held by Lee County Manager Roger DesJarlais. He informed those attending there have already been incidents of looting that police were unable to respond to.
Because of this, a curfew was invoked in the county, with DesJarlais adding the local authorities will have a zero tolerance policy for any accounts of violence and looting in the upcoming period.
Others followed in Desjarlais’s footsteps, with the county’s sheriff, Carmine Marceno, issuing the same warning to any potential criminals looking to capitalize on the police being understaffed because of the storm.
Florida is a law and order state.
Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/8Ma9RuSlPq
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2022
Florida takes a stand against looters
Marceno reported there have already been several attempts at looting, one of which was a man who was trying to break into a gas station. While the details surrounding the story are still unknown, the county’s law enforcement will not allow it.
The hurricane, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm level, hit the state’s West Coast this Wednesday with an initial rating of a Category 4 hurricane, causing damage to homes and businesses in the area.
According to some estimates, the storm is likely to have caused up to $65 billion in damages, which pales in comparison to the number of casualties, which rose to 35 as of yesterday.
DeSantis' work in Florida proves that the only reason looting exists in America is because the Democrats allowed it to happen.
— SUZIE GORDIN (@GordinSuzie) October 1, 2022
Joe Biden also touched on the matter towards the end of last week, claiming the administration will be doing everything in their power to save lives and deliver help to the survivors of Hurricane Ian.
For the first time since he was put into office, Biden is finally acting on time, surprising many with his diligence and support for what DeSantis is doing for his state post-disaster.
The hurricane is estimated to be among the worst in recent history, with analysts claiming it may take months, even years to fully rebuild.
This article appeared in Our Patriot and has been published here with permission.