Higher Calling

Florida governor DeSantis proposes broadening Florida’s self-defense laws to make shooting in defense of property against looters more legally tenable.

The media is howling that it would enable roaming packs of vigilantes to slaughter people on the streets. Like most media reports on expanding self-defense rights, it’s a lot more nuanced than that:

The law would expand the state’s self-defense law, which currently forbids “the use of force in defense of property,” by increasing what constitutes a “forcible felony,” according to the Miami Herald. DeSantis seeks to make looting or “interruption or impairment” of a business such a felony, thereby justifying deadly force to prevent it…The Republican’s bill would also make it a third-degree felony to obstruct traffic, and would allow drivers to have legal immunity if they unintentionally kill or maim anyone engaging in blocking a roadway during a demonstration, according to the Herald. The law, which is only a draft at the time of publishing, is also set to grant state authorities the ability to withhold funds from localities that choose to reduce their police budgets

Expect much pants-wetting from the class that still thinks looters are “mostly peaceful”.

But they’re missing the point. The target of this bill isn’t looters.

It’s Kamala Harris.

DeSantis is setting himself up as the “Law and Order and Competence” candidate for the presidency in 2024.

And after this past year, I gotta say he’s on my short list.

11 thoughts on “Higher Calling

  1. Sometime in the last 20 years, the Left & its adjuncts in the education and media industries, realized that “gun control” was seen by the public as being against law, order, & self protection.
    For a while they switched to a “public health” argument. This was not especially effective, so about a decade ago the Left switched to a “self-dense == racism” argument.
    This has worked out better for them, in pop culture, if not in policy. Leftist media figures routinely equate gun ownership with racism.

  2. Leftist media figures routinely equate gun ownership with racism

    Curious. Is there anything leftist media figures don’t routinely equate with racism? I mean, ultimately.

  3. … oh, sorry, there are, in fact, more cards to play than racism. There’s sexism, gender-ism, Trump-ism…

  4. …if they unintentionally kill or maim anyone engaging in blocking a roadway…

    I can’t think of a way you could unintentionally kill or maim someone blocking a road. Unless that someone suddenly runs out into moving traffic without warning. Most of the time, people/vehicles who are blocked by protestors either had warning (they could see something up ahead and didn’t turn around to go the other way), or they were stuck at a stoplight or in traffic and the protest enveloped them, thereby blocking them.

    I think self defense by motor vehicle (when a mob starts attacking your car, and you “do what is necessary to escape imminent bodily harm”) should be excused, no matter the circumstances. If a mob starts beating on your car, that is the instant it is no longer a “peaceful protest”.

  5. It strikes me that the target here is actually Democratic mayors and police chiefs who would be tempted to not enforce the law when riots occur. More or less, “your choice is not to allow riots vs. enforcing the law with no consequence to yourself or those you care about. Your choice is either to enforce the law against rioters (with whom you may agree politically), or risk them ending up dead. Letting them destroy businesses with no repercussions is now off the table.”

    Write the law carefully, though. It’ll be easy enough to distort it for the anti-gun left as is, so don’t make their job easier by giving them quotes.

  6. Just checked Rock Auto; no cow catcher available for a 2020 Ford Ranger yet.

    Well, Ford just started making them again, so I’ll give it a couple months for the accessories industry to catch up.

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  8. You buy a brush guard for your truck in Texas not because you intend to go bashing through brush, but because shit happens. Also because brush guards make your truck look badass.

    You buy a cattle catcher in leftist shitholes for the same reason.

    And the name’s Strunk, mister. Pete Strunk….glad to meetcha.

  9. Yesterday, Joe Scarborough took a deep breath and tweeted out “Demographics is [sic] destiny”


    Didn’t know ol’ Joe had joined the White Nationalist conspiracy. I think he’ll like the White ethnostate…they say every kid will learn proper English language syntax.

  10. If you poke any of these #nevertrumpers, you will find a person more concerned about maintaining their position in whatever Hell-hole social circle that they are in then they are concerned about their fellow Americans.

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