Florida Attorney General Asks Biden to Proclaim Fentanyl a Weapon of Mass Destruction – Opinion

Ashley Moody, Flordia’s Attorney General, is asking President Joe Biden for a swift response to illicit fentanyl. Moody has asked Congress and Biden to declare fentanyl as a weapon against mass destruction after two overdoses occurred in Florida.

To stop or slow down fentanyl-related deaths, this would be a joint effort by the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and Pentagon. Moody sent a note to Biden stating:

“Given how many Americans are being murdered, the whole federal government and every tactic and capability that we have should be utilized to stop the death and destruction that fentanyl is causing.”

The United States government defines a weapon of mass destruction as a “nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or other device that is intended to harm a large number of people.”

Moody continued:

“Relying on non-state criminal actors and terrorist to think or act as expected is a losing proposition. The reality is that the deadliness of fentanyl combined with its sheer availability in Mexico to criminal cartels and non-state actors makes it an increasingly likely weapon for use.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in May 2022 signed legislation to crack down on drug dealers and traffickers. All governors should follow DeSantis’ lead, given that opioid overdoses kill thousands of people annually (over 100,000 in 2021).

Fox News reports that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), seized 10 586 pounds of drug during Fiscal Year 2021. It is 14% more than the 2,633 seized pounds in Fiscal Year 2019 and 4,558 pounds taken in Fiscal Year 2020.

Fentanyl seizures increased 134 percent. Moody released the following statement:

“Border Patrol has seized enough fentanyl to kill the entire American population many times over … With that in mind and the recent mass overdose events in Hillsborough and Gadsden Counties, I am demanding President Biden classify illicit fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.”

She continued:

“The federal government already works to disrupt the supply chains of other chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons—it’s not hard to imagine that similar tactics could be used to reduce the flow of illicit fentanyl into the U.S. through cartels in Mexico—and save countless American lives.”

Moody points out that the security of the southern border could help to stop the trafficking in fentanyl. However, given how the Biden administration runs the country, there are very low chances they will secure the border.

“While there are many acts and steps that your administration could take, like stopping the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants and further fortifying the southern border, I realize that your administration will not or is incapable of taking those actions.”

Biden recently spoke out about the efforts of his administration to stop drug and human smuggling. Their actions led to 20,000 arrests and over 3000 operations, he said.

They must act if they are true to prevent fentanyl pouring into America. Congress has to act. Governors should follow DeSantis’ lead if they all want this fentanyl crisis to stop.

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