Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been making headlines and growing in popularity for the past few years now.
Most of this started with DeSantis’ approach to COVID. His leadership in Florida led to considerable population growth in the state, eventually leading to Florida Republicans gaining more voters and power.
DeSantis’ defense of education, parental rights, and more also earned him accolades from many Americans. Due to his rising stock in the political world, there’s been much talk and support for DeSantis to make a run for office in the 2024 presidential election.
It remains to be seen if the Florida governor actually runs. However, he is currently making headlines for new proposals designed to push back against hardened criminals, as reported by The Blaze.
Holding Violent Predators Accountable
While speaking at the Miami Police Benevolent Association, DeSantis explained that Florida’s crime rate is at a low not seen in five decades. On top of that, the Florida governor pointed out the need for the state to reaffirm its commitment to law and order.
To do this, DeSantis proposed new penalties for fentanyl distribution and other similar drug crimes. Next, the Florida governor endorsed the death penalty for child rapists, along with a series of anti-human smuggling efforts.
In Florida, we are taking steps to preserve law & order by enhancing accountability for criminals, combatting human smuggling and protecting Floridians from fentanyl. pic.twitter.com/PynRY1dRc0
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 26, 2023
Ultimately, being tough on crime is a critical way to keep offenders to a minimum and ensure that Florida’s crime rate continues to fall. DeSantis has been clear that so long as he’s the governor of Florida, the state is always going to stand for law and order.
This, too, has proven to be another attractive element of Florida’s leadership contributing to the rise of new residents.
More From Florida Leaders on Safety
Ashley Moody, Florida’s attorney general, likewise shared some remarks before the Miami Police Benevolent Association.
Moody, like DeSantis, stressed that concerted efforts are necessary in order to ensure communities remain safe places to live and visit.
The Florida attorney general also referenced other areas across the nation that have not implemented anti-crime measures and therefore have serious lawlessness problems on their hands.
Cheers to keeping our great state safe. pic.twitter.com/rdUULbo8DR
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) January 26, 2023
Both Moody and DeSantis maintain that Florida is going to keep its communities safe, rather than coddle criminals and risk the safety of law-abiding citizens.
On social media, many Americans expressed support for the measures that DeSantis and other Florida state leaders are taking to uphold the law and disincentivize crime at all turns. This could very well lead to even more people moving to the Sunshine State in the months and years ahead.
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