Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida midway through last week. It has done enormous damage. Over 70 people are confirmed dead as well as billions in damage.
Some projections expect up to $60 billion in damage. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has warned it could be one of the worst disasters of the past few decades for his state.
Another unfortunate reality of natural disasters is looting. Some people see damaged neighborhoods and flooding. They want to help, donate blood, and use their time and energy to help.
Though others see vulnerable neighborhoods and want to ransack and steal. Now, DeSantis is issuing a strong warning to any potential looters in the Sunshine State.
DeSantis Reminds Looters That Florida is a 2A State
Technically, all of the United States is a 2A country! DeSantis made sure to warn looters the Second Amendment is respected fully in his state and they should beware of any funny business.
As he was in Punta Gorda near the press conference, DeSantis mentioned seeing a sign about how looters would be shot. It was a useful reminder, he noted, since Florida is based on “law and order.”
Anybody who wants to exploit the “misery” of those impacted by the horror of Hurricane Ian will find themselves staring down a gun barrel.
As DeSantis said, in Florida, you just never know what a homeowner is packing and what’s “lurking” behind closed doors or in their backyard, so you need to be very careful.
“Loot Here, Die Here” 👏👏
— Gemma aka Myrna 😘 (@GigaBeers) October 1, 2022
The Storm’s Damage is Significant
On Friday, there were still over two million people without power after the Category 4 storm hit the coast and reached speeds up to 155 miles per hour.
There are many damaged homes and people still without power and in crisis situations. The chance of being taken advantage of by criminals remains high, unfortunately. It brings back memories of the widespread looting and crime which took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
On Friday, Hurricane Ian landed in South Carolina; although its status is now as a cyclone and it is not expected to do as much damage to the Palmetto State.
Florida has definitely been through a horrific experience. DeSantis is right to emphasize following the law now in the aftermath.
Highlighting gun rights is a good way to remind criminals and those with bad intentions that it won’t be tolerated in Florida. Now is a time to come together and help out, not a time to take advantage of victims.
The people whining about DeSantis making the 2a comments when it comes to looting in FL are the same people that applauded looting department stores in the name of social Justice in 2020 over a guy that overdosed on fentanyl.
— Long Monkeypox (@podiatristdon) October 1, 2022
The Bottom Line
Florida won’t be another Katrina with looting and widespread crime.
The reason is DeSantis and officials at the state level made it crystal clear that looting will not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form in Florida.
This article appeared in Mainstpress and has been published here with permission.