Congressional candidate cites concerns about nationwide riots and calls to defund police.
Keystone Heights, Fla., June 16, 2020 – Republican congressional candidate Gavin Rollins today vowed a strong defense of the Second Amendment as riots and violence flare up across the country. The eruption of protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has led left-leaning politicians across the country to call for defunding police departments. This is happening while fringe organizations such as Antifa, which has been designated a terrorist organization by President Trump, have taken over a section of downtown Seattle and caused significant damage to businesses and personal property across the nation.
“What is happening right now across the country demonstrates the wisdom of our forefathers when they included the right to keep and bear arms in an amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Rollins, a candidate to replace Ted Yoho in Florida’s Third Congressional District and a Clay County commissioner. “As the far-left seriously debates defunding the police, and local governments cut police budgets and even eliminate funding for school resource officers, we must protect the sanctity of the Second Amendment. The speed at which the Democrats have begun calling for defunding the police emphasizes the need for Americans to be able to defend themselves.
“It’s shameful to see the Democrats disparage the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe,” said Rollins. “We must do everything within our power to support law enforcement and provide them with the tools and training they need to do their jobs effectively. The answer to the problems we’re facing is not to defund or abolish the police.”
As a Clay County commissioner, Rollins has been a leader on Second Amendment issues. He supported a measure which allows county employees to conceal carry on the job. He also led the effort to make Clay County a Second Amendment sanctuary.
Community-organized citizen patrols have sprung up across the country in recent weeks as residents worry their neighborhoods have been left vulnerable while first responders focus on riots and looting in the hardest-hit parts of cities. A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 55 percent of Democrats favor defunding police, while Republicans almost uniformly disapprove (89 percent).
Rollins, a Clay County commissioner, high school teacher and captain in the Florida National Guard, is seeking to replace retiring Congressman Ted Yoho in Florida’s third congressional district.