A Florida sheriff who posted a controversial message on social media urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense said Monday the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
In the video, Ivey called on the American people to arm themselves in preparation for the next active shooter or terrorist attack.
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them but for their families when the attack happens,” Ivey said. “And let me be perfectly clear: doing nothing or just hoping it won’t happen to you, is not going to save your life.”
The sheriff said the best law enforcement agencies in the country have response times in the minutes but a violent criminal “can take you in a second.”
“So we need our citizens to be well prepared, to have already though out their emergency plan,” Ivey said. “If they’re concealed carry holders, carry their gun with them. It’s not doing any good at the house or in the car. In my book, what’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said.
The sheriff urged people to take self-defense shooting classes and for lawful gun owners with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms whenever possible.
This has caused some controversy in the anti-gun community, but not as much as anti-gun communities would like it would seem. The response to Sheriff Ivey’s video has been largely positive and in support of the video and concept that citizens should act in their own self-defense.
“No matter who you are or what’s your position on guns, there’s 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.
The comments on the video posted to face book, have been for the majority, in favor of the Sheriff’s message,
“…thank you Sheriff Ivey. I am happy I chose not only Florida but Brevard Co, as my permanent home. To know that our law enforcement respects us, law abiding citizens, and that you put your faith not only in your deputies…” one comment said.
“This is what we have been waiting to hear from our elected officials. Cowering and hiding is not a good defense. We need to take a stand and protect ourselves. If we don’t do it no one will.” Another comment said.
Comments against the Sheriff’s message are far fewer,
“How is this helpful? The point of terrorism is to scare people and get a panicked response from them, to disrupt their everyday lives with anxiety. You are doing far more harm than good by trying to get everyone armed and on edge.”
Another message against the Sheriffs video said,
“Exactly how many foreign terror attacks has Brevard County faced in the last 20 years? How many people have died from domestic gun violence? Can we please get our priorities straightened out and fix the violence problems we HAVE instead of getting everyone flustered over problems we don’t…”?
The video raises a question that is in a lot of minds and hearts in the United States, “How do we stop the next terror attack?”
While the suggested answers on this question vary from hugs, jobs and tolerance to arming yourselves, arresting people, and the insane “kill them all” attitude, one thing is abundantly clear. The world has changed, and no one has the solution. Yet.