A controversial Florida sheriff told his constituents that it’s time for them to get prepared to fight in the war on terror.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday, after two recent terror attacks in England and a mass shooting incident at a workplace in Orlando, encouraging citizens to get armed in order to protect themselves and their families.
Ivey, who made waves earlier this year by playing a game dubbed “Wheel of Fugitive” to catch wanted criminals, spoke bluntly, and directly, as images of attacks at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub flashed on the screen behind him.
“This is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family and those around if you’re attacked,” he said in the near six-minute video.
Ivey warned that the dangers of terrorism exist in the U.S. and the weapons of choice have become more varied.
“Guns, knives, trucks, hammers, and even explosives have all become the weapon of choice for murderers who only have one goal, killing innocent and law-abiding citizens,” he said. “It seems that almost everyday we hear of another attack taking place at a concert, tourist destination, church, business, or anywhere else in the world where they can strike fear in the hearts of citizens.”
He mocked the London police’s directive to its citizen during the recent terror attacks, to “run, hide and tell” as ineffective.
“Really? Coaching citizens that the best way to save their life, and the life of a family member, coworker or friend, is to run, hide and tell? What’s next? Ask you to run, hide and then draw a line in the sand while daring the cold-blooded murderer to cross it?”
“Terrorists and active shooters know that our citizens have been coached to run and hide, and then patiently await help. In fact, they count on it so they can strategically target as many citizens as possible,” he said. “What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves. Having to become defensive to save their own lives.”
“No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there is no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun–or a knife–is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said. “There is no doubt that as soon as 911 is called law enforcement is on the way, however, until they arrive it is up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”
The message is similar to another message Ivey published in 2015 where he advised citizens to “target terrorists.”
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