DeSantis issues post-hurricane warning

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just issued a warning to looters who might be looking to take advantage of the situation caused by Hurricane Ian.

DeSantis’s warning, according to the New York Post, is don’t do it because you might just get shot. 

“You loot, we shoot”

DeSantis’s warning came on Friday during two different news conferences that he held. During one of these news conferences, DeSantis recalled a sign that he had just seen on a boarded-up business that read, “you loot, we shoot.”

“We are a law and order state, and this is a law and order community,” DeSantis said. “So, do not think that you’re going to take advantage of people who’ve suffered misery.”

At the other press conference, DeSantis said, “don’t even think about looting. Don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation.”

DeSantis added, “I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home, and I would not wanna chance that if I were you, given that we’re a Second Amendment state.”

It’s a fairly clear message.

“Zero tolerance”

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that when there are natural disasters, such as the one just experienced by Florida, there will be people who will try to take advantage of the situation for their own gain.

The Post, for example, reports: “There have been sporadic reports of looting in some of the state’s hardest hit areas. In Fort Myers, cops busted five youthful looters. Another man was collared for burglary and criminal mischief in Levy County.”

This is why DeSantis and other Florida officials are trying to get on top of the situation. Besides the warning issued by DeSantis, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is reported to have told state attorneys that looters are to be arrested and put in jail without bond.

“We are not going to look like Chicago or New York where we’re letting people out in 24 hours so they can go back and loot another home,” Moody said. “That will not be tolerated here.”

Similarly, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said, “We are not going to tolerate, I mean, zero tolerance when we say anyone that thinks they’re going to thrive on the residents of this county or state when we just took a horrific hit — I can guarantee you that is not going to happen.”

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