Diane Sori
by on June 20, 2019
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By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
"This is about public safety, not about politics. We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on his signing SB 168: Federal Immigration Enforcement Bill
One of the best votes I ever cast, short of voting for Donald J. Trump of course, was voting for Ron DeSantis for Florida governor. A Republican-Conservative like me...as opposed to a Conservative Republican*...Navy veteran and former Congressman DeSantis not only ran a campaign based upon honesty, integrity, accountability, transparency and a true love of country, but is serving as governor with those very same values fully and unapologetically intact.
And while the actual race for governor was indeed both contentious and dirty at times via the theatrics of his socialist-condoning liberal opponent, then candidate Ron DeSantis held strong to his conservative values and above all else the words of the Constitution...the very document that nowhere states we must take into our country those who enter here illegally.
And that conservative focus was clearly seen when last Friday, now Governor Ron DeSantis fulfilled one key campaign promise made...to ban sanctuary cities in our state. And with that promise being a main talking point in both his inaugural and his State of the State address, Governor DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 168...the very bill that not only prevents cities throughout the state of Florida from declaring themselves as sanctuary cities, but actually mandates that all cities and all local law and state enforcement personnel must cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in all matters or else face strict penalties. After all, our governor knows that ICE can't do their job if our state's local authorities don't do theirs.
Simply, local law enforcement has a moral and ethical duty let alone the responsibility to report illegal aliens to ICE otherwise they are just as bad as the illegals they are protecting.
Now as to Senate Bill 168 itself...which passed 22-18 in the Senate and 68-45 in the House...this bill gives the governor himself as well as Attorney General Ashley Moody the legal authority to "initiate enforcement actions" against any city or municipality that refuses to detain a person based on “probable cause”...as in said person is deemed under federal immigration law to be a “removable alien”...as well as its requiring that any Florida city currently enacting sanctuary policies must repeal those policies within a specifically designated time frame.
And to this I say many “kudos” must go out to Governor DeSantis for it's way passed time that we in this country face the fact that we do need more governors like him... governors who will do the right thing as we law abiding citizens have had enough of those who not only come here knowingly and willingly by breaking our laws, but that those very lawbreakers do not get to stay here at the expense and on the dime of we true American taxpaying citizens...with “citizens” first and foremost being the operative word.
And while illegals...as well as those who advocate for these lawbreakers...are a huge problem nationwide, here in South Florida nearly half a million illegals call our state home, something that will now surely change. And change it will be no matter that opponents to the just signed bill...opponents like local immigrants rights groups, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Business Immigrant Coalition...tried to change and tone down...but thankfully failed...the bill's strong and direct language saying it was too broad in scope and would have unintended consequences, yet never saying what exactly those consequences would be.
But we know the true nature of those consequences... one just has to ask the family of Kate Steinle and the multitude of other families who have seen their loved ones murdered by those who had no right being here in the first place. Remember back to 2015 when Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal who was in possession of an illegal firearm...an illegal who had been deported back to Mexico five different times. And why did Kate die...not because she just happened to be taking a walk with her father on a beautiful sunny day and was in the wrong place at the wrong time...but because the San Francisco Police Department willfully ignored the ICE detainer request to keep her would be killer in custody until ICE was able to take him into their custody, and instead chose to released him. Kate Steinle's blood is surely on the San Francisco PD's hands.
Translation: sanctuary cities are a danger to the “health, safety, and welfare” of the American people...Governor Ron DeSantis knows this and acted accordingly to protect we citizens of Florida, and to that I and so many other Floridians say “thank you.”
Now as for someone else doing...or at least trying...to do the right thing enter center stage Rep. Thomas Massie from Kentucky who is reintroducing the previously failed “Safe Students Act.”
The “Safe Student Act” is the bill that if passed would amend the federal criminal code to allow the repeal of key provisions in the “Gun-Free Schools Act”...the very act that currently prohibits teachers and staff from being armed on school grounds and everyone else from being either in possession of or discharging a firearm in a school zone...as within 1,000 feet of a school campus. And if that law were to be repealed security guards, administrators, teachers, and parents themselves would be able to protect the students... would be able to protect innocent children left defenseless inside their own schools...be able to protect them even before police could arrive on campus if a shooting were to occur.
Seems like common sense alone should dictate such a repeal especially after last year's Parkland School massacre...unfortunately Democrats lack even enough common sense to realize that when an armed citizen is present gun violence usually has no chance to reach the status of a mass shooting.
And so for us on the right, like with our rightful anger surrounding the issue of sanctuary cities, that same anger has now also focused our attention on the fact that 98% of public mass shootings happen in “Gun-Free Zones”...the very zones killers target because Democrats have with the media's backing sold the masses on the nonsense that it's the “bad guns” that kill people and not the actual killers who pull the gun's trigger. And in their also trying to make the rest of us believe the fairy tale that “Gun-Free Zones” will keep us safe, reality instead shows that countless innocent lives that need not have been lost are lost because of the time it takes police to be called and arrive on scene to stop said killers.
Translation: we need a lot more “good guys” with guns in order to stop the “bad guys” with guns from possibly even being able to get one shot off. And when seconds really do matter a responsible gun owner can indeed save lives in an active-shooter situation.
So what are the specifics that would be accomplished by repealing the 1990 “Gun-Free Schools Act”...an act that itself was amended in 1996 after the Supreme Court ruled the first version unconstitutional. Simply, but most importantly, repealing this proven not to work monstrosity would allow for the eliminating of the one-size-fits-all federal ban on guns in school zones, making it easier for both state and local governments as well as school boards to set their own firearms policies...as it should have been in the first place.
And why is that...because guns and gun-related issues themselves are different in nature than most other issues being politicized to such a degree that folks are drawn into taking diametrically opposing sides...almost to the same degree as the battle lines are drawn regarding abortion. And we all know that when the federal government gets directly involved in what should be local and state business alone any regulatory power the local or state level might have had gets removed in favor of the feds. And this is what's happened with the “Gun-Free Schools Act” where a federal law has actually put American children's lives in danger.
And when a state or local government is forced to cede what power they did have regarding firearms to a federal one-size-fits-all approach to gun violence...an approach involving but a simple sign declaring a specific place as a “Gun-Free Zone”...not only is any "customized" solutions to gun violence that might have worked in any specific community been taken away, but the sheer ludicrisy of it all is the fact that while children in classrooms are targets ripe for the killing...and with those ridiculous signs announcing so...the very members in Congress who passed this ridiculous law are themselves “packing” to protect themselves and their families.
Total hypocrisy of the first degree.
And with signs alone misguidedly being used as protection finally hitting home on the right side of the aisle, know that this is not the first time a Republican has tried to get this dangerous law reversed. Back in 2007, Rep. Ron Paul (TX) tried to reverse this law and failed...but proving once again the old adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day.
And so Rep. Thomas Massie, the man who said that, “Gun-free zones are ineffective and make our schools less safe,” is stepping up to the legislative plate to try his best to get this nonsense repealed and he has seven Republican co-sponsors to aid him in his endeavor including...Reps Justin Amash (MI), Jody Hice (GA), Jeff Duncan (SC), Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), James Comer (KY), and Brian Babin (TX). But Rep. Jeff Duncan stated it best when he said that, “The only thing gun-free zones do is disarm law-abiding citizens and take away their ability to protect themselves and others. We shouldn’t leave our most vulnerable – our children – in an unsafe environment like gun-free zones where acts of violence cannot be stopped.”
So with no Democrats on board with this repeal and with the House being in Democrat hands, know not only will Rep. Massie's call for repeal fail, but it won’t even be heard in committee and likely won’t get to vote. And sadly, the violence against our children will continue on with many more children likely to lose their lives. But now there's a bit of difference, because with no Democrat support and with those useless signs most likely remaining in place, any new blood spilled will be covering Democrats hands.
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* The difference between the two is explained in my article Saving 2020 .
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