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Left-leaning politicians and pundits on Friday proposed the creation of a “State Guard” by Republican Florida Gov. to control.

DeSantis’ proposal outlines $3.5 million in funding from the state’s armed forces budget for the creation of the Florida State Guard. The governor’s office said the funds would “enable citizens to be trained in the best emergency response techniques” to aid in the “incident of hurricanes, natural disasters and other state emergencies”.

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The initiative drew immediate backlash from DeSantis’ critics, some of whom alleged that the Florida governor was attempting to establish a paramilitary force of his own. DeSantis, who has frequently clashed with the Biden administration in recent months, said a state guard “was not weighted by the federal government.”

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“No governor should have his own elected secret police,” said Rep. Charlie Christ, D-Fla., the 2022 Florida gubernatorial candidate.

“Can’t believe I have to say this, but Florida doesn’t need a paramilitary force that only answers @RonDeSantisFL,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate. “Millions of Floridians know what it’s like to live under such a regime – and come to our kingdom to avoid them. It must be stopped.”

Former Obama Brandon Friedman said, “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is either openly preparing to take a break from the federal government or he wants his followers to *believe* he is. Either way, it’s United Very dangerous for the future of the state.” Administration Officer.

The original Florida State Guard was established during World War II to replace members of the National Guard serving overseas. The unit was disbanded in 1947.

LAKELAND, FL, UNITED STATES - 09/07-2021: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (second left) looks on as Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at the Lakeland, Florida Police Department to announce a new proposal which will provide a $5,000 signing bonus to those who sign on to be law enforcement officers from within the state of Florida, and those who come from outside the state.  The plan will also pay up to $1,000 for training and relocation, and establish scholarships to pay costs for a law enforcement academy.  (Photo by Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

According to DeSantis’ office, Florida will be the 23rd state with an active state guard. While the Guard’s primary function would be to assist with disaster relief, DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pusa tweeted that state law allows the governor to “maintain a military force to assist civilian authorities in maintaining law and order.”

“We want to be able to have a quick response capability,” DeSantis said at a press conference unveiling the proposal. “Re-establishing the Florida State Guard will allow citizens across the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and the ability to mobilize very, very quickly.”