As Leftist Violence Continues – Florida May Expand ‘Self-Defense’ Law To Counter Rioters

The violent terror attacks by leftist mobs against peaceful Trump supporters in D.C. this weekend clearly show that political violence primarily from the left has not ended with a possible Joe Biden presidential win. And, yes, as I have clearly said before, violently attacking innocent citizens for political motives is the textbook definition of terrorism.

In response to this chaos, one state governor is upping the ante and proposing an expansion of his state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law to include protection against violent rioting, looting, and arson. As Hot Air notes, “Florida already allows citizens to resort to self-defense, up to and including lethal force, when they legitimately feel that their life or safety is in danger.”

That right includes defending themselves in their homes, vehicles, and on the street.

However, with this new proposal, described as “anti-mob legislation,” by NBC News, citizens could employ similar levels of force, including lethal force, if “looting, criminal mischief and arson” was observed that would cause the “interruption or impairment of a business operation.”

According to NBC News:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to amend the state’s “stand your ground” law in a proposal that would expand one of the broadest laws of its kind in the country, worrying critics who say it could empower people to use violence during chaotic and tense confrontations during protests.

The move is part of DeSantis’ “anti-mob” draft legislation, which would target people accused of illegal acts during riots and looting. DeSantis, a Republican, presented his aggressive agenda in response to the months of large-scale racial justice protests across the country, which at times flared into violent clashes.

Of course, Democrats view the governor’s attempt to apply law and order against criminal rioters as being racist and somehow increasing violence. NBC quotes state Sen. Randolph Bracy, a Democrat as saying, “His proposal will only fuel racial unrest and violence, not dampen it. DeSantis is treating the law as a playbook for his next election, which is reckless and irresponsible.”

But as Jazz Shaw notes in Hot Air:

Why would anyone say that cracking down on rioters would “fuel racial unrest” unless you’re assuming that the looters are entirely or at least primarily minorities? That’s a pretty racist assumption right there if you ask me. White people can loot too, you know.

While we should applaud Governor DeSantis for taking concrete steps to counter the increasingly violent, politically fueled chaos in Florida, his proposal does raise valid questions about how it would be implemented. Expect his proposal to be challenged in the courts.

Either way, this important legislative proposal is well worth following. More to come.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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7 days ago

Why not fire on looters? Rioters too. Answers please.

7 days ago

…as well he should…I’m glad we have Ron DeSantis as our governor

7 days ago

Ron DeSantis is a great governor!!!

Daniel Quigley
Daniel Quigley
7 days ago

Exactly how the laws should work. Antifa and BLM are in fact Domestic Terrorist organizations and seeing how they attack only when they outnumber their selected Target when they outnumber them by at least 10 to 1 we should have the right to save ourselves and or the businesses they selectively loot or Burn out of business. They kept saying they would being a war to our streets well let’s give them exactly what they want but on our terms not theirs. 14 million hunters are now in the woods hunting to fill their freezers and 3.5 million Veterans want our country back. Time to remove the Terrorists from this country for good.

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