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Florida lawmaker warns ‘protesters’ that AR-15 rifles ‘will be a very common sight’

Florida lawmaker sparks fury by warning ‘protesters’ that AR-15 rifles ‘will be a very common sight’ if they try to breach businesses

  • Anthony Sabatini shared a photo of an AR-15 alongside his warning to looters
  • Demonstrators have been flocking to streets to protest death of George Floyd 
  • But protests have escalated into riots in some cases with looting reported
  • Sabatini said on Twitter that any looters in Lake County would be met by firearms

A Republican lawmaker warned that an AR-15 rifle would be a ‘very common sight’ if looters broke into businesses in his area.

Anthony Sabatini – a representative for Florida’s 32nd House district – shared a photo of an AR-15 alongside his chilling warning on Twitter.

Twitter users have called for Sabatini’s post to be removed claiming it incites violence, however the site found it did not violate guidelines. 

Republican lawmaker Anthony Sabatini warned that an AR-15 rifle would be a ‘very common sight’ if looters broke into businesses in his area

Anthony Sabatini - a representative for Florida's 32nd House district - shared a photo of an AR-15 alongside his chilling warning on Twitter

Anthony Sabatini – a representative for Florida’s 32nd House district – shared a photo of an AR-15 alongside his chilling warning on Twitter

This is in contrast to Twitter’s views on one of Donald Trump’s tweets last week. The social media site the president’s message about the Minneapolis riots with a comment that it ‘glorifies violence’. 

Trump’s statement that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ is now hidden by a warning that it violated Twitter’s rules – but the message can be bypassed and the tweet remains live.

The tweet – posted last week – described looters as ‘thugs’ and warned that the federal government would ‘assume control’ with ‘shooting’ if necessary.

It came just days after Twitter red-flagged a Donald Trump tweet by covering the president's message about the Minneapolis riots with a comment that it 'glorifies violence'

It came just days after Twitter red-flagged a Donald Trump tweet by covering the president’s message about the Minneapolis riots with a comment that it ‘glorifies violence’ 

Trump's statement that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' is now hidden by a warning that it violated Twitter's rules - but the message can be bypassed and the tweet remains live

Trump’s statement that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ is now hidden by a warning that it violated Twitter’s rules – but the message can be bypassed and the tweet remains live 

Twitter said the tweet was covered ‘in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts’.

Following up on his statement put out yesterday, Sabatini shated a picture of Twitter’s decision with the caption: ‘Hey Florida Democrats. EPIC FAIL in your attempt at censorship! Maybe there still is some hope for Twitter.

‘Oh, and good luck continuing to defend the THUGS who are beating police officers and burning buildings -not sure that will help you this November!’

Demonstrators have been flocking to the streets in cities across the US to protest the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

White police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds last week, despite Floyd’s desperate repeated pleas for help. Floyd passed out and later died.

Protests have escalated into riots in some cases with looting reported in multiple areas, including in Hillsborough, Busch, and Fowler in Florida. 

But Sabatini said any looters looking to break into businesses in Lake County would be met by firearms.

Those over 21 in Florida – regardless of whether they are residents or not – can get a license to carry both concealed or non-concealed firearms.

The 31-year-old lawmaker faced calls to resign in February last year after he blacked up in a high school photograph.

Sabatini was pictured wearing a basketball shirt and gold jewelry and his face was covered in brown paint.

At the time, he dismissed criticism as ‘decontextualized’ and explained it was a prank he and a friend did when he was teenager at Eustis High School. 

The 31-year-old lawmaker faced calls to resign in February last year after he blacked up in a high school photograph

Sabatini was pictured wearing a basketball shirt and gold jewelry and his face was covered in brown paint

The 31-year-old lawmaker (left) faced calls to resign in February last year after he blacked up in a high school photograph (right)

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