Demings Has as Little Regard for the First Amendment as She Does the Second

She can’t hold onto her own gun but she wants to grab yours. That and silence job performance criticism. (U.S. Representative Val Demings /Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) made public what had been expected and announced, a challenge to Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio ahead of the 2022 elections,” National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane noted Friday. “The very first question at the very first debate needs to be this:

“Has your stolen service weapon been found? Can you say with certainty your stolen service weapon has not been used in a crime, or worse to injure someone?”

That’s a good question and one Deming should be asked often, not that we can expect a Democrat-championing media to embarrass its challenger of choice. That said, she’s a gun-grabber of the first order, and worse than that, an “Only One” trading in on her past “law enforcement” credentials to swindle and mandate her countrymen out of their right to keep and bear arms.

“I served in law enforcement for 27 years, four years of that as the Chief of Police for the Orlando Police Department,” Demings related to readers in a USA Today opinion piece. “Before being elected to Congress I spent most of my adult life wearing a uniform, a badge, and carrying a gun. I took an oath to protect the innocent from dangerous people.”

Actually, the oath she took was to “support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Florida.” Instead, she has devoted much of her newfound political power to the Democrat-driven citizen disarmament agenda and trying to hide it behind her huge “but.”

So it figures a politically powerful person who doesn’t need to respect the Second Amendment would feel equally confident about trashing the First. Demings used the threat of legal action to try and silence a critic who called her job performance as he saw it:

“Orlando police Chief Val Demings is threatening to sue one of her critics for creating a Web site that criticizes her performance. is run by Ezell ‘Easy’ Harris, a frequent critic of Demings’, and contains a disclaimer stating the chief has no association with the site … Harris on Saturday said he has no intention of removing the site, which prominently features a report on the theft of Demings’ 9 mm service weapon, which was stolen from her agency sport utility vehicle … ‘If someone didn’t tip the Orlando Sentinel about this gun, we probably wouldn’t even know it happened,’ Harris said. ‘I thought it was wrong that the public didn’t know.’”

Harris had also reported on a stolen police car, Demings’ sheriff husband, a female supervisor reportedly getting away with sexual harassment, and “the Police Department’s handling of a 2007 case in which an officer was accused of pushing a woman down [the] stairs at the now-defunct Club Paris downtown.”

No worries. Demings has taken over the domain and it’s now a campaign site saying only good things about her in the hopes of inspiring contributions to get even more political power.

Speaking of which, Keane tells us “the contrast couldn’t be more obvious” between Demings and the incumbent she hopes to replace, Marco Rubio.

“Sen. Rubio co-sponsored S. 1522, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and scored an A+ on NSSF’s 2020 Senate Report Card,” he reminds us.

It would help if we knew the specific criteria for that grade. NRA gives Rubio top marks as well, despite his support for red flags and blacklists.

That’s not saying Rubio hasn’t voted “right” much of the time and that an overt Democrat gun-grabber wouldn’t have voted “worse.” But the thing about that is, his (and other Republiquislings’) actions on another issue will ultimately undo and reverse every one of those “good” votes:

“Republican Senators Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Susan Collins, and Thom Tillis will attend a Thursday ‘summit’ meeting hosted by the ‘American Business Immigration Coalition,’ a pro-amnesty group consisting of big business donors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the George Soros-funded United We Dream organization.”

We have the data and history to know where that will lead, particularly after Joe Biden fast-tracks millions of illegals on his superhighway to citizenship. Not that NRA or NSSF or any other prominent national or state “gun advocacy” group dares talk about that. They’re afraid the cultural Marxists will call them names. So instead they defer to the “single issue” misdirection if they acknowledge the reality at all. That’s nonsense, of course, because anything that threatens the right to keep and bear arms IS part of the single issue.

By treating their members and followers to shallow happy talk about “staunch defenders of our rights” instead of reality, squishes like Rubio are not only given a pass, they’re rewarded, and the chances of a real defender of the right to keep and bear arms successfully mounting a primary challenge are effectively torpedoed. That practically guarantees a continuation of “the swamp” and the endless cycle of promises and betrayals.

We get that Rubio is no Demings and we get that a Senate majority is crucial if there is to be any hope for gun owners of legislative or judicial relief. It’s past time “gun rights leaders” treated their members to the whole truth, warts and all, like adults. That way, choices can be informed, and candidates can be pressured to live up to their promises — if not out of principle then at least out of self-interest and political survival.

Every time I see some weasel-worded fundraising solicitation telling me a candidate I wouldn’t give a “C” to is a true friend and Second Amendment champion, a line by the character “Fletcher” from  The Outlaw Josey Wales comes to mind.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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if I read the piece above correctly the apparent fact that this creature is “married” to a “female police supervisor” explains a lot.


Negative on that.

“Her husband, Jerry Demings, is the former Orange County Sheriff and current mayor of Orange County, Florida. He served as the Chief of the Orlando Police Department (OPD), the first African American to do so, from 1999 to 2002. The two met while on patrol in the OPD; they married in 1988 and have three children.”


We have the same sick brianed problem here in oregone but we have the pride of saying that we have the first bisexual governor in America. Makes me want to puke every time I think of it.


we need more conservatives that challenge and attack the left on issues. don’t try and be likeable, because they won’t like you unless you backstab your constituents, like mccain, romney, collins and lisa m. i wish a real conservative would primary challenge little marco, they could very well win here in fla. having an (r) is only as good as their votes and with him his votes against the freedoms espoused in the Bill of Rights speak volumes. if he is unopposed i will hold my nose and vote for him, but if he is challenged??? he and many others… Read more »


I’d be happy to challenge Lil’ Marco but I can’t stand the thought of living anywher enear Orlando. I suppose those who do like living there will have to man up and do the right thing.


Demings is bad news for Florida and she is electable. Like you I have become disenfranchised with Marco. Rick Scott is in the same boat. with that posted I would vote for a primary challenger to Rubio if the person was a real conservative. Unfortunately a newcomer might not stack up against Demings in the general election, whereas Rubio can probably keep his seat in the senate.
Demings may be popular in Orlando but not so much up here in NE FL, the panhandle or by the Cuban community.


hum, interesting thought. Can a president run for office in the house or senate? That could change the picture drastically. Then maybe the past president could help influence the country from the inside like obummer does with Joe Kamalatoe obiden and all their past and current gang in and out of office.


Your rights are guaranteed to you by the Constitution. Those who have been unfaithful to their Oaths to Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States are no longer public servants. Once they cross that line and make the decision to disregard the Constitution, they become nothing more than common criminals impersonating elected officials. Unless these imposters are prosecuted for conspiring together to deprive law abiding citizens of their rights, this undermining of the Constitution will surely continue.

WI Patriot

demings only supports what’s important to her and nothing else…


Brilliant piece (as always) Mr. Codrea. Thank you!


I’ve got some “Action” for these Moms who are “demanding” to disarm law-abiding American citizens.


David Codrea, thank you for stating the truth about Rubio and his ‘A’ rating. The NRA, NSSF and any ‘gun’ organization needs to be truthful and explain just how they came about their rating. Sen Scott (FL) is the same way. He is not a 2A supporter.


One good thing about Rick Scott is that Bill Nelson is no longer a FL Senator. But yes he’s another; “I support the Second Amendment, but”


Rubio: One “Aw shit” wipes out a thousand “atta boys”. He uses the “atta boys” as political cover for his “aw shit” votes. Rubio is no friend of the 2nd Amendment.


one more to export to whatever commie hell hole they choose


The ones who have the least amount of skin in the game make the loudest noise in their Anti-American Organizations…

Deplorable Bill

When you serve you are required to take your oath to defend the people, the nation and the constitution against ALL enemies foreign and domestic. If you can’t or won’t live up to your oath you should quit your job and/or be prosecuted for tyranny and/or treason. That goes for everyone who has taken that oath. This SHOULD be done through the courts, if not, I won’t be surprised if it gets done privately. Our freedoms and rights and promise is what sets the U.S.A. apart from any other nation in the world. People risk their lives and the lives… Read more »

APG member

Oh don’t worry, the F.B.I. will get right on it. You know, because of law and order.


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Criminal Communists, Call them what they are.


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