Late last month, Florida took some major hits from Hurricane Ian. Although some areas of the state got by fairly unscathed, others like Naples and Ft. Myers endured significant damage.
Many Floridians impacted by the storms are having to stay in shelters as their homes were completely ruined. Some people’s homes are still standing, yet in need of serious repairs.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), along with the state’s brave first responders, continue the hard work to help residents recover and rebuild their lives.
Unfortunately, there are some nefarious characters in Florida, looking to take advantage of people’s pain and suffering. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd now has a message for people who may find themselves being targeted by looters.
When the Looting Starts…..
During an interview with Fox & Friends, the Polk County sheriff warned that Floridians targeted by looters should open fire until the looters resemble “grated cheese.”
In making this statement, Judd also said people are within their rights to be in their homes and protect their property. Looters who choose to target individuals in the state are therefore in violation of these rights and subject to facing serious pushback.
“People have a right to be safe in their homes…I highly recommend, if a looter enters your home, you grab your gun and you shoot him, you shoot him so he looks like grated cheese.” –@PolkCoSheriff Grady Judd pic.twitter.com/UXDdsuqpF8
— NRA (@NRA) October 8, 2022
The Polk County sheriff told Fox & Friends that for looters to target folks affected by the hurricane is “unacceptable.” Later, he explained if looters are shot, this will spare other people from having their safety, homes, and property targeted.
Finally, Judd confirmed that law enforcement and other members of Florida’s community will continue to unify.
A Similar Warning From DeSantis
Earlier this month, the Florida governor issued a warning that mirrors that of the Polk County sheriff.
DeSantis said people who choose to loot the homes of those who suffered from the hurricane could be met with potentially anything on the other side of the door.
The Florida governor also pointed out that his state is one that respects not just law and order, but also the Second Amendment.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has a message for any would-be looters in the wake of Hurricane Ian. pic.twitter.com/0Wtxg5NF2Y
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 1, 2022
Democrats, on the other hand, are sounding off against DeSantis and members of Florida’s law enforcement community for daring to put looters on notice.
Some people in left-wing media, such as MSNBC’s Joy Reid, even accused DeSantis of racism for telling looters to reconsider what they’re planning to do.