FL Rep. Demings Blames Gun Owners in Everytown Veepstakes

By Larry Keane

Florida Representative Demings
Florida Representative Demings is quick to blame legal gun-owners for the acts of criminals. IMG Demings.House.Gov

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings has emerged as a top-tier contender to be a running mate for presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s antigun ticket. During these worrisome times of the coronavirus pandemic and violent riots erupting in cities across the country, the former Orlando top cop has a lot to say about gun control. Most of it is assigning guilt for the criminal activity to law-abiding gun owners.

Biden’s antigun track record is well-known, and the decision to choose his running mate has largely been delegated. Others under consideration include failed former 2020 primary candidates U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Those candidates carry the gun control banner proudly. Rep. Demings, though, should know better. She carried a gun as a law enforcement professional before entering politics.

Police Chiefs Know: Criminals Don’t Follow Laws

During her Everytown Veepstakes tryout Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts highlighted Rep. Demings’ background as especially pertinent. Before Congress, Rep. Demings had 27 years of experience at the Orlando police department, including being named Chief of Police in 2007. Missing from her introductory biography, however, was that Rep. Demings was censured after leaving her service-issued firearm unsecured in her car allowing it to be stolen by a criminal. Not exactly, “gun control” now is it. Her excuse was she was expecting guests with children in her home. Apparently, during nearly three decades of police service, she never bought a proper gun safe. Her own police department partners with NSSF’s Project Childsafe that provides free firearm safety kits, including gun locks. She could have grabbed one and practice what she preaches.

Rep. Demings touted a recent congressional gun control hearing, describing to Watts how she proclaimed to a witness,

“I’ve enforced the laws. And now I write the laws!” She continued, “And believe me it makes such a difference to understand, to have seen up close and personal what some of the vulnerabilities were or some of the loopholes were in the laws during the time I enforced the laws.”

She failed to mention the most important point she vocalized during that committee hearing though, that she was,

“… sick and tired of watching [people] die through gun violence by someone with a gun who should never had a gun in their possession in the first place.”

Given her extensive background, Rep. Demings likely knows best where and how criminals obtain the firearms they use while committing crimes. They steal them, trade them for drugs, and buy them on the black market, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Hypocrisy, Distortions and Media Bright Lights

As her election stock rises, Rep. Demings has made the rounds on national media. She was a guest on Meet the Press and also penned an editorial titled “My Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Blue, What the Hell Are You Doing?” She’s used each to prop up Biden’s antigun bona fides and burnish her gun control credentials. She backs his desire to pass a new assault weapons ban even though the evidence established the previous one didn’t work. She also supports grab-bag legislation that would enact red flag laws that deny due process to the accused.

Rep. Demings bemoaned the legitimate reasons why millions of law-abiding Americans have purchased firearms to protect themselves, their families and their property, stating “Look what’s happening all over our nation. You just talked about the increase in gun sales during this time. People are dying senselessly as a result of gun violence.”

She equivocates lawful firearm ownership with criminal and murderous activities by those who have no respect for the law – or her fellow law enforcement officers. In her mind, there’s no difference between known gang criminals who prey on society’s most vulnerable and law-abiding Americans exercising their constitutional rights.

Perhaps Rep. Demings hasn’t seen the numerous examples of video footage showing law-abiding small business owners legally protecting their livelihoods while law enforcement is stretched thin. Or maybe no one has shown her the good guys keeping watch and coming to aid peaceful citizens while rioters destroy both public and private property and attack police and civilians. She’s been suspiciously silent on the murder of Federal Protection Service Officer David Underwood, murdered in Oakland, Calif., or the gunfire aimed at police by St. Louis rioters, or the Las Vegas rioter that shot a police officer in the back of his head. To be clear, these were not the actions of peaceful protesters lawfully exercising their First Amendment right.

The 2020 Campaign Continues

The attention and scrutiny will build as Rep. Demings continues the vetting process to join Biden’s ticket and she will likely have more to say about increasing gun control. To ensure voters are armed with the facts, NSSF launched the online education resource #GUNVOTE. Voters need to know where the candidates stand on firearm issues and policies so in November 2020, they don’t risk their rights.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago

The SUPPOSED RIOTS over Mr.Floyd(A LIE),dd more for the SECOND AMENDMENT than anything all of us could do.Congressional House members are cranking out all kinds of DRACONIAN GUN LAWS every day,thinking if they win they will enact them( they can, but we don’t give a shit) we will not comply with ANYMORE NEW ILLEGAL LAWS.
U.S.C. Title 18 Code :242,includes Congress and even the POTUS.

CEMinMO
CEMinMO
1 month ago

Demings likely knows best where and how criminals obtain the firearms they use while committing crimes , , , , , they steal them from the cars of irresponsible people like her (who then, “somehow,” still become Police Chief.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

Given her extensive background, Rep. Demings likely knows best where and how criminals obtain the firearms they use while committing crimes. She knows from personel experience that they steal them from the Chief of Police who leaves her service-issued firearm unsecured and unattended in her car! Way to go Chief! Nothing like being a firearm supplier to the criminal element in your jurisdiction!

chocopot
chocopot
1 month ago

As I have stated so many times, gun control is not now, and has never been, about crime or criminals. Gun control is all about disarming the citizenry so they cannot represent a threat to the government once the Left establishes the dictatorship they have been working toward for more than half a century. The Left could not give a rat’s behind about crime or criminals. The key word in the term “gun control” is not “gun” – it is “control.”

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

“The RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms shall NOT BE INFRINGED.” Even a grade school kid can easily understand this. Evidently this woman took her oath as a cop and now as a legislator. Maybe she can’t read? Not likely. More likely is she does not even care. She has disavowed her oath at least twice. Why is this woman not in jail? Why is this woman not planted in the ground? Tyranny and treason both carry the same, legal, righteous penalty. We all know that treason and tyranny brings with them the death sentence. This is… Read more »

RJL
RJL
1 month ago

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. It was ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. Criminal liberal Socialist/Communist/Marxists in Congress & the public sector are endangering the rest of the law-abiding American public, Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States. They have no place in a Free Constitutional Republic. In which… Read more »

Get Out
Get Out
1 month ago

Have to wonder if her stolen service weapon has ever been traced or used to commit murder or a criminal act? Do they do ballistic tests on LE firearms prior to being issued? How many crimes have been committed due to her negligence to properly secure her weapon?

Cruiser
Cruiser
1 month ago

Typical social worker who went into law enforcement to “change the world.”

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago

Tionico: People don’t think IQ be like it is; but it do.

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago

She’s a few watts short of being a functional light bulb.Makes her a dim bulb. If she actually thinks she’s got a chance on a ticket wit Biden, the pair of them trying to outdo each other on new gun contorl laws (never mind they will be in the EXECUTIVE branch, which cannot MAKE law) in the aftermath of both the virus charade and now the carefully orchestatrated destruction of the US, two events that have cnvinced several millions of non-gin-owning Americans to jump sides and go out and BUY their own guns… and learn now what rea gun control… Read more »

Larry
Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Tionico

Think of Joe as the Free Space on the Bingo card.

Oldvet
Oldvet
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry

I Saw a news clip of him today didn’t pay attention to anything except some gal greeted him coming to the microphone , She had to remove his hands from her waist . OH S**T I used that three letter word was that sexist ? I can never keep that straight .

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 month ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Depends on who you say it to… 🙂 Good bet a feminist would not appreciate the term.

JH1961
JH1961
1 month ago

Speaking as a former LEO, it’s ‘cops’ like Deming that make me sick! $5 says she was the LE-version of the military’s REMF.

JFCrosby
JFCrosby
1 month ago

Just another piece of feces.

BrainMatters
BrainMatters
1 month ago

Gun Violence is by and large isolated to a particular demographic regardless of geological location. This is not an opinion, it is an observation over many decades. And plays right into the ideological brainwashing Ms. Demings has been recruited for. Money is where it starts, if you fit a particular demographic and you are open to being their mindless marionette, dollars from the DNC will flow to get you in office. Effectively, the DNC is her pimp.

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago
Reply to  BrainMatters

Mindless Marionette.

I like that one, a lot. Thanks

KDad
KDad
1 month ago

Of course she does. She’s a DemocRAT !!

None
None
1 month ago

I’m more than tired of these Demytyrants stomping on my rights and yours my line is drawn in the sand if the Dems win in Nov it’s war until they are eradicated nuff said

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  None

None… Sadly, you are correct, but I take it one step further. Regardless of who wins the election (please, God, may it be Trump!!), there will indeed be an almost immediate civil war… an outright, full-on shooting event. Conservatives have had it with brainless, waste-of-human-skin liberals. Liberals have vowed to change this Constitutional Republic into a Socialist Regime and kill all conservatives. Whatever the election results, something has to give. The divide is wide – and liberals refuse to have any negotiation, not even any “dialogue.” In their (barely-functioning) little minds, their way will prevail. Period. No matter how much… Read more »

Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago

They didn’t give him the chance, he was also dismantling the Federal Reserve, that got his arse murdered.You can still buy United States Bank Notes, in Coin stores,$5.00 bills will have a Red Seal.
He knew the American people were getting screwed.

Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago

THE LAST TRUE DEMOCRAT,why do you think he was murdered?He knew the Plan, and was in tjhe process of stopping it, and it cost America a great patriot and statesman.Dems today for the most part are PC idiots or Commies or both.
EISENHOWER warned our parents Generation NO ONE listened.

Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago

These are road construction decorative bricks.When you see pallets of house bricks piled up we have issues.

gregs
gregs
1 month ago

we have another one down here in south floirda, Debbie murcasel-powell. I email her on any and all firearms related legislation and all I get back is how she lost her father to gun violence when she was 24. I asked about the circumstances and she never responds, so I really don’t believe her. she, like all leftists say that they want to keep firearms away from prohibited people, which is what they think law-abiding citizens are. a right is something that can not be taken away or restricted, but that doesn’t concern our erudite overlords, they know what is… Read more »

Slappy
Slappy
1 month ago
Reply to  gregs

Well put.

JW
JW
1 month ago
Reply to  gregs

If true, that’s a tragic loss of her father, but how does she justify that one experience of hers to legislate for the rest of us? What a disgrace. It’s not much better up here in the NW part of the state either. I have real concerns for our state in the coming years.

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago
Reply to  gregs

gregs: You must not have been very interested in what happened to her father because less than two minutes of work produced this:
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/politics/debbie-mucarsel-powell-barrier-breakers/index.html

It seems her father was killed in his home country of Ecuador. Color me shocked.

Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago

If the Dems win, these past baby riots will look like a SS Picnic, we will be at war in 24 hours after inauguration. The REAL Americans will STEP UP, NO ONE is taking our weapons, PERIOD.I am ready to die for the cause just as the Founders did.Can we do less?. Voters need to be made aware that WE WILL NOT comply means WAR. I have drawn my line in the sand, and no Commies are disarming Americans as long as I am breathing.I have nothing to lose,this country has gone to hell,(thanks to the DemoNcratic Clowns, and a… Read more »

3l120
3l120
1 month ago
Reply to  Doszap

I think the riots will begin if Trump wins. These AHs are just practicing now.

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago
Reply to  3l120

then the wraps will come off knowing he will be at the helm another four years. Finally maybe we;ll be able to drive the dirtbags underground.

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
1 month ago
Reply to  3l120

There is little doubt President Trump will go down in history as far and away the best president we have had since Lincoln perhaps since Washington. Every “real” American knows that already. Ronald Reagan was extremely good for America and got her back on track after Carter. The difference between Carter and Obama was/is Carter loved America (and still does) but was way over his head and unqualified for the presidency. We know that now we did not then at least at first. Whereas Obama’s goal and the goal of his supporters was, and still is, “a fundamental transformation.” Has… Read more »

Oldvet
Oldvet
1 month ago
Reply to  Arizona Don

@AZ…That depends who writes the history account

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Doszap

@Doszap; With a firm dependence on Providence, we pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.. I’m in.

Arm up, carry on.

Rock
Rock
1 month ago

Wouldn’t that be like blaming all officers for the actions of a few ? She was an officer…..
Or blaming all blacks for the actions of a few ? She is black…
OR blaming all who have a drink because of a few drunks ? Surely she has one now an then…
Funny how Dems/libs twist whatever they want to favor THEIR opinion.
Wouldn’t that make her a complete hypocrite ?

Ruger1
Ruger1
1 month ago

That’s Funny coming from Val Demings, Years ago when she was a police officer here in orlando, she left her patrol car unlocked at her house and got her Service Issued Glock Stolen…. And Faced No Charges!!!!!

None
None
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruger1

Of course not it’s the blue line special, They ate above us minoins who pay to be oppressed by the them

ConfusedForeignGirl
ConfusedForeignGirl
1 month ago

Your memes suck

ConfusedForeignGirl
ConfusedForeignGirl
1 month ago