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Polk Florida Sheriff Has Advice for Homeowners Catching Looters, and It Isn’t Ask Question First!

We all know Florida is a Second Amendment state, and we all know what happened last week when Hurrican Ian ripped through Southwest Florida and destroyed countless homes and businesses. It’s what is happening now that is infuriating and shouldn’t be tolerated. Looting.

Governor DeSantis said last week ‘You loot, we shoot’, but apparently not everyone got the memo. Looters are still getting arrested on Fort Myers Beach and elsewhere, many of them illegal aliens. Today in an interview with Fox News, Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd had some good advice for homeowners that happen upon a looter in their homes.

“People have a right to be safe in their homes. They have a right for their property to be safe even when part of their home might be torn away. And these looters, it’s unacceptable. I would highly suggest if a looter breaks into your home, comes into your home while you’re there to steal stuff, that you take your gun, and you shoot him so that he looks like grated cheese.”

This should be a stern enough warning to would-be thieves to keep them away from your property, but there’s a reason they are thieves. Criminals are generally not smart people, especially anyone that would attempt to loot in a state like Florida, where even the governor and law enforcement are encouraging use of force.

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Unfortunately, thieves also tend to lack any moral center that would prevent them from being so opportunistic and heartless as to prey on people that have lost almost everything to Ian. Perhaps it might take an example or two from gun packing homeowners to demonstrate that Florida isn’t playing around on this issue.

Bad ass Sheriff Judd went on to say:

“That’s one looter that won’t break into anyone else’s home and take advantage of them when they are the most vulnerable and the most weak.”

“(Residents) should be armed. Youve got to help law enforcement at this particular time. Law enforcement is stretched thin.”

Sheriff Judd is not wrong. There isn’t enough law enforcement available for emergency situations like this. While you can’t go out and deputize people like in the old western movies, you can encourage law abiding citizens to use whatever means they have at their disposal to assist the police, even if that means blasting holes in a looter on your property.

“Law enforcement is made for normal times, and short-term emergencies. The community is going to come together, and if there are looters that think they are going to take care of these people, they may break in, but they should be carried out in a pine box”

Can it be any clearer? In Florida, “you loot, we shoot”. How many looters are going to have to face down the barrel of a gun or be blasted on social media before they understand now is not the time and Florida is not the place to be carrying out criminal activity? Kudos to bad asses like Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for not being afraid to say what needs to be said and encouraging homeowners to do what needs to be done.