Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis, a likely presidential aspirant, has vociferously supported Red Flag gun confiscation laws that seek to disarm people who are supposedly considered dangerous. DeSantis’ support for an obvious mechanism of gun confiscation could complicate his presidential ambitions in a Republican primary in which the voters are overwhelmingly pro-Second Amendment.
DeSantis’ Republican predecessor Rick Scott signed the red flag bill into law in March 2018. But then-congressman DeSantis supported the red flag provision, and he continued to support Red Flag laws after he took over as governor in 2019.
In August 2019, Fox 13 reported: “DeSantis hopes red flag laws will help thwart future shootings.” The article explained how the DeSantis administration was using an app called Fortify Florida to encourage people to report their fellow countrymen if they seem suspicious — a literal Communist authoritarian tactic. DeSantis blamed the “recesses of the internet” for gun violence, which is a common globalist political trope designed to drum up support for monitoring dissidents online.
“I think when you have people that have pathological ideologies. If you didn’t have places to congregate, they would not have strength in numbers” DeSantis said, adding, “Being able to go and trade these ideas in an online community, I think that radicalizes people.”
“Typically, the government isn’t policing or holding people accountable just for speech. It requires incitement, or to be a threat,” DeSantis stated. “I just want us to be responsive to that. The vast majorities of these instances have had red flags. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas report made that clear. So I think we need to identify that and do something about it.”
The red flag law in Florida has empowered judges to disarm over 8,000 Floridians, as of June 2022. Why doesn’t DeSantis stop this gun-grabbing lunacy?
DeSantis supported red flags when Governor Rick Scott signed the bill back in 2018. DeSantis said on Fox News that he agreed with the legislation’s goal of identifying “The money for mental health, and then being able to identify these individuals who are dangerous so that there are not able to possess weapons. I think all those are good.”
In February 2020, NATIONAL FILE senior reporter Patrick Howley was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for asking NRA leader Wayne LaPierre during LaPierre’s speech to stop supporting Red flag gun confiscation laws. At the time, the Red Flag issue was not extremely well known. Clearly, Howley was right, and Red Flag laws really are the mechanism of gun confiscation. Why doesn’t the Republican establishment want to tell the truth about these laws? Why does the Republican establishment want to disarm Americans?
— Fiona Moodie (@FionaMoodie) February 29, 2020