Iowa school shooting won’t change Ron DeSantis gun policy

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'I think it is more of a local and state issue.'

Ron DeSantis is speaking out about a shooting at an Iowa high school, but he’s not interested in changes to federal gun laws should he become President.

“The federal government is probably not going to be leading that effort. I think it is more of a local and state issue,” DeSantis said on NBC News, regarding a mass murder at a school in Perry.

The 2024 presidential candidate isn’t blaming guns for the incident, but people who seek thrills from deploying them.

“For whatever reason, there are people in our society that really get a kick doing this and you have people that put it online and do all that, and that’s an underlying sickness in society,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also addressed comments he made about a killing spree in Lewiston, Maine, last year, noting that the killer there was a “prohibited possessor” of firearms.

“For whatever reason, you know, that wasn’t something that was activated,” DeSantis said.

The Governor added that he doesn’t “support infringing the rights of law-abiding citizens with respect to the ability to exercise their constitutional rights.”

“I know these things can be used to try to target things, and a lot of the things that are proposed would not have even prevented any of these things. And that’s typically, I think, what we’ve seen in these cycles. But people can count on me to hold criminals accountable, be very serious about holding accountable people who represent a danger to society, but at the same time protecting their constitutional rights.”

As he has before, DeSantis stressed institutionalization as a potential solution for mass murders, saying “some people are going to do better in an institutional setting.”

“That used to be done in this country with much higher frequency. And I’m not saying go back to where we were in like the ’50s, but I think that we’ve gone so far in a direction you see some of the homeless that are on the street in some of these cities, that’s a mental health problem,” the Governor said, stressing that homelessness isn’t due to a “lack of housing.”

The Governor has suggested previously that homeless people should also be institutionalized.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    January 4, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Every Jesus and USA loving, gay and woman hating gun owner is a good guy with a gun, right up till they aren’t.

    But they still have that gun, don’t they.

    Yeah. They do still have that gun.

    And no matter what happens to anyone or everyone, the people who made and sold that gun and that ammo get to keep all their money. USA USA USA!

  • rbruce

    January 4, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    What new law will change what happen in Iowa today? Wasn’t what the shooter did already illegal?
    1. Vagrants should be punished for breaking applicable laws.
    2. Mentally ill vagrants should be forced into medical facilities until determined to be self-supporting. If they are able, but still break vagrancy laws then punish them.
    3. If someone is truly without shelter, there are many charitable organizations that provide a temporary home.

    • Marvin M.

      January 4, 2024 at 11:36 pm

      “What new law will change what happen in Iowa today?”

      Well duh, nothing. The point of changing laws is to best prevent something from happening in the future.
      I absolutely agree laws already on the books should be enforced, but there’s just so much good that could be done to help protect everybody, especially children, if we enact and enforce stricter gun legislation. Most gun owners would have zero problem with it.
      We could at least try it. See how it works.

  • Elmo

    January 4, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    DeSantis should be institutionalized.

  • Michael K

    January 4, 2024 at 5:34 pm

    Of course not. Slaughtered children are the price we all must pay for the gun makers’ money that flows to Ron and the GOP in exchange for flooding our communities with instruments of death.

  • WGD

    January 4, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    It seems unlikely, but it’s possible that DeSantis is even stupider than Trump.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      January 7, 2024 at 7:50 pm

      Mama always said, “My Sweet Sweet Little Dee, you are just so intelligent and you have so much going on up there in that miraculous brain of yours that sometimes the words and ideas get jumbled up on their way out and don’t make it out quite right.”

      And being the Moe that he is, Little Rhonda Dee believed her and Trump got Little Rhonda Dee in far, far over his head which everyone can see just ain’t that far.

  • Linwood Wright

    January 11, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    School shootings are pretty much religious sacrements to the Right Wing now. Every dead child is just another blood sacrifice to their phony god.

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