A popular Florida sheriff is urging citizens to be prepared to fight back against terrorism with their guns and their wits.
“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,” Wayne Ivey, the sheriff in Brevard County, said in the new video.
“I am firmly convinced that as Americans we can no longer sit back and pray the fight isn’t brought to us,” Ivey said.
Ivey said he came to conclusion after watching the news about terrorist attacks overseas.
“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.
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“What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves — having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey said
“There is no doubt that as soon as 911 is called, law enforcement is on the way,” Ivey said. “However, until they arrive it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize the threat.”
“If you have a concealed carry permit, then carry your gun with you at all times possible,” Ivey said. “It’s not doing you any good at the house or in the car when the attack happens.”
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“If you don’t have a concealed carry permit or are not someone who is comfortable using a firearm to protect yourself, then please consider some type of intermediate weapon such as a Taser or what we now call environmental arming. Using items in your immediate surrounding area as weapons — items such as a knife, chair or fire extinguisher.”
“As a society and a community we can longer afford to wait for the attack to happen and develop our survival strategy,” Ivey said. “As sheriff I encourage you to protect yourself and develop your survival strategy right now.
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the perfect line of defense,” Ivey said, “not only for them but for their families when the attack happens.”
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Her further urged viewers not to be naïve.
“For those who think that it can’t or won’t happen here: Trust me when I tell you that it’s already happening all around us and the only thing left to question is when and where it will happen again and how many more innocent lives will be lost,” Ivey said.
“As a society and a community we can longer afford to wait for the attack to happen and develop our survival strategy,” Ivey said. “As sheriff I encourage you to protect yourself and develop your survival strategy right now.”
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has a variety of resources for citizens at its website, including a video on environmental arming.
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