Florida Governor Rick DeSantis drafted an "anti-mob" law that allows citizens to defend themselves against looters and rioters.
DeSantis takes a stand against rioters and looters
During the summer, violent left-wing rioters caused billions in damage across the country after “protests” launched after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. This was the most expensive in insurance history.
In response, Florida Governor Rick DeSantis decided to create an "anti-mob" law that would allow small business owners to defend themselves and their property against violent looters and rioters during these types of events.
A key component of this legislation extends Florida's Stand Your Ground law and would enable citizens to use force against rioters who engage in “criminal mischief” that “disrupts or harms” a business.
Looters could also defend themselves under this legislation, which defines them as a break-in within 500 feet of "a violent or disorderly gathering". Criminal sanctions would also be increased for those involved in such gatherings.
An extension of the proposed anti-mob legislation from September
The legislation appears to be an extension of DeSantis's proposed Law to Combat Violence, Disorder, Looting and Law Enforcement, which it announced in September this year.
The newly announced draft incorporates a number of key components from the September bill, including improving criminal penalties for those involved in violent gatherings, preventing movement through third-degree offenses, and withholding state resources for governments that use the police devalue.
Today I announced bold laws that create new offenses and increase penalties for those who seek law enforcement and attend violent or disorderly gatherings. We will always be in uniform with our men and women who protect our communities. pic.twitter.com/ITl5GmmrZJ
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2020
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"We will not allow the places to disappoint the police," DeSantis said in September. "If you defuse the police, the state will defuse any grant or aid that comes to you."
Leftists reject self-defense against mobs
Although many conservatives supported, not all were enthusiastic about DeSantis' new anti-mob legislation.
"It enables the guards to justify their actions," said former Miami-Dade County attorney Denise Georges. “It also allows death to be the punishment for a property crime, and that is a cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where life is so casual and reckless. "
"What is interesting is that Governor Ron DeSantis has enough time to pass legislation to address an imaginary problem in the state of Florida," said Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith.
"We don't have a riot or looter crisis," he added. "What we have are millions of Floridians who have been pushed into poverty and unemployment due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus."
Audrey Webb, a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, alleged members of the Boston Tea Party were unlawfully shot under the law.
"It gives armed private individuals the dangerous power to kill because they subjectively determine what is 'criminal nonsense' that disrupts a company," she argued.
The Biden administration would take action against the second change
The bill follows Joe Biden's comments hours before the elections over the past few weeks, during which he redoubled the attack on the second amendment, thereby redoubling self-defense.
"As president, I will ban offensive weapons and high-capacity magazines, do universal background checks, and implement other sensible reforms to end our gun violence epidemic," Biden tweeted.
It has been a long time since we took action to end the scourge of gun violence in America.
As President, I will ban offensive weapons and high capacity magazines, conduct universal background checks, and conduct other common sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 1, 2020