Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has apparently developed a legislation that will look to put an end to the recent looting and rioting that has become the new normal for Democrats who don’t get their way.
Desantis has drafted an “anti-mob” legislation that gives Floridians the right to shoot violent rioters and looters.
The bill would allow armed citizens to defend themselves as an expansion of the state’s Stand Your Ground law against those who engage in looting or arson that “results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation.”
The proposed legislation comes after the American left caused billions of dollars in damages all across the country over the summer.
“The draft legislation put specifics behind DeSantis’ pledge in September to crack down on ‘violent and disorderly assemblies,’” the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Recently, in our country, we have seen attacks on law enforcement. We’ve seen disorder and tumult in many cities,” DeSantis said at the time.
The times continues, saying, “Other key elements of DeSantis’ proposal would enhance criminal penalties for people involved in ‘violent or disorderly assemblies,’ make it a third-degree felony to block traffic during a protest, offer immunity to drivers who claim to have unintentionally killed or injured protesters who block traffic, and withhold state funds from local governments that cut law enforcement budgets.”
The draft, obtained by the Miami Herald, has not yet been filed as an official bill in the Florida House or Senate.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground law “eliminated the duty of a person to retreat before using force to counter a threat — which critics say fosters a Wild West shoot-first, ask-questions-later mentality,” the Miami Herald reported. “It also gave judges more leeway to grant ‘immunity’ to someone they believed acted in self-defense before ever letting a case get to the jury.”
“In 2017, Florida lawmakers changed the law, forcing prosecutors to shoulder the burden of disproving a defendant’s claims of self-defense,” the paper added. “Prosecutors must prove by ‘clear and convincing’ evidence that someone was not acting in self-defense.”
Democrat officials in the state expressed frustration over the bill – attempting to convince that the liberal violence is “nonexistent” as the Democrats have done for months.
“What’s interesting to see is Gov. Ron DeSantis has so much time on his hands that he can craft legislation to address an imaginary issue in the state of Florida,” state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said. “We don’t have a crisis with riots or with looters. What we do have is millions of Floridians pushed into poverty and unemployment as a result of the economic consequences of coronavirus.”
Liberals also attempted claim that those acting in self-defense were nothing more than “vigilantes.”
“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” former Miami-Dade County prosecutor Denise Georges told the Herald. “It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime — and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.”