By Tom Ozimek
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has warned opportunistic thieves not to target residents or ransack homes in the wake of Hurricane Ian, telling a press conference that Floridians are well-aware of their Second Amendment rights while noting a boarded-up business sign reading “you loot, we shoot.”
DeSantis issued the stark warning during multiple press conferences on Friday, including one in Fort Myers, where he remarked about seeing the sign directed at would-be looters displayed at a business in nearby Punta Gorda.
“They boarded up all the businesses, and there are people that wrote on their plywood, ‘you loot, we shoot,’” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, we are not going to allow lawlessness to take advantage of this situation.”
“We are a law-and-order state, and this is a law-and-order community, so do not think that you’re going to go take advantage of people who’ve suffered misfortune,” the governor added.
During a press conference in St. Augustine later in the day, DeSantis reminded reporters that Florida is a “Second Amendment state” and that thieves looking to ransack people’s homes should beware.
“You never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home,” the Republican governor said starkly. “And I would not want to chance that if I were you—given that we’re a Second Amendment state.”
Florida has so-called “stand-your-ground” and “castle doctrine” laws on its books, which allow people who feel a reasonable threat of death or bodily injury or who confront home invaders to respond with force rather than retreat.
‘Florida Will Not Tolerate Looters’
In a post on Twitter, Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody shared a video showing a group of people being arrested for looting.
“Florida will not tolerate looters taking advantage of Hurricane Ian to prey on vulnerable Floridians. They will be arrested and I have asked state attorneys to seek the longest pretrial detention possible to keep them locked up so they cannot commit new crimes,” Moody said in a comment.
Separately, a senior Florida official warned that scammers and con artists often try to take advantage of desperate people following major natural disasters and called on residents to be vigilant in the wake of Hurricane Ian’s destruction.
“You have these predators that will come in, and they will go door-to-door canvassing neighborhoods that they see the damage and they will sign over their [insurance] claims to contractors or they will have unscrupulous public adjusters … that are going to damage your ability to get made whole any faster,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis told Newsmax Friday.
After natural disasters like Ian, bad actors “show up in droves,” Patronis warned. If you are a “policyholder” and suffered damage, “call your agent, call your carrier, or call my office,” he added.
“This will be the best way to ensure that your claim is being handled properly, and my office, we love handling people’s claims, we do a great job at it,” he continued.
Hurricane Ian made landfall near Sanibel Island and Fort Meyers on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 150 mph.
Over 10 feet of storm surge inundated those areas, leveling entire neighborhoods and even destroying a large causeway bridge that connects Sanibel to the mainland, photos show.
The head of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management said Hurricane Ian left at least 21 people dead in the state, although that figure is expected to climb as search and rescue efforts continue.
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
Affiliate News Feeds
- Washington Examiner
- The Federalist
- The Epoch Times
- The Guardian
- The Gateway Pundit
- Judicial Watch
By Marina Zhang Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that vaccinated and boosted people made up most of the COVID-19 deaths in August. Of the… [...]
By Petr Svab Officials from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security frequently met with major social media companies ahead of the 2020 election and pointed out users and… [...]
By Jack Phillips The campaign of Arizona Republican candidate Kari Lake responded to a district court imposing a fine on her lawyers after filing an election-related lawsuit earlier this year.… [...]
Union workers are lashing out at both political parties and President Joe Biden for the rail legislation signed to prevent a strike, calling the provisions a "slap in the face"… [...]
A former professor at the University of California San Diego said she gave all of her students "A" grades and no homework in a recently unearthed video. [...]
A key Senate vote over whether to provide paid sick leave for rail workers is highlighting a divide within the GOP, a party that has increasingly tried to position itself… [...]
Usually when a person defrauds investors of millions of dollars and launders the funds to personal pet projects, he goes to jail. (See: Bernie Madoff.) But in FTX founder Sam… [...]
Insider documents released on Friday confirm Twitter’s decision to suppress the New York Post’s legitimate reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop mere weeks before the 2020 presidential election was a political… [...]
It would be easy to laugh in the faces of the ADL people but it's not a joke. Putting out these junk studies has real consequences. [...]
Seniors have been severely affected by inflation. Most had to cut back on spending and many needed to take “drastic” measures, such as skipping meals, according to a recent survey.… [...]
SIMI VALLEY, Calif.—The United States is at a pivotal point with China and will need military strength to ensure that American values, not Beijing’s, set global norms in the 21st… [...]
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced Sunday a “broad probe into President [Joe] Biden’s energy crisis that is harming the… [...]
Initiative is part of measures agreed between London’s mayor Sadiq Khan and the police force Police officers in schools are to be monitored to see if they are disproportionately targeting… [...]
Exclusive: economic inactivity due to sickness at highest level since records began, with north, Wales and Northern Ireland disproportionately affectedPeople in the UK are getting “sicker and poorer”, with a… [...]
From first to last, the drum beats were relentless from the small section of Senegal supporters. They pounded in the temples of everybody present, creating an oppressive backdrop to this… [...]
Twitter continues to censor tweets by Kari Lake and other Trump-Endorsed candidates in Arizona for exposing Katie Hobbs and corruption in Arizona’s elections and the courts. The Gateway Pundit reported… [...]
Joe and Dr. Jill hosted a White House reception ahead of the Kennedy Center Honors show in the East Room. Jill Biden wore another ghastly dress Sunday evening at a… [...]
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari warned last week that weapons from the raging war between Russia and Ukraine are now finding their way into the Lake Chad Basin… [...]
From Fox News: The Secret Service will not say why they changed their position regarding a government watchdog’s records request into Hunter Biden’s gun investigation records. Government watchdog Judicial Watch… [...]
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the United States Secret Service has repeatedly changed its position about whether it is in possession of records related to the investigation… [...]