Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida, is not holding back in his latest video message to citizens. As Islamic terrorism increases around the world, the sheriff says it’s not a matter of if an attack is imminent, it’s when. His strongest advice is to be armed at all times and ready to fight.
“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,” the self-described “politically incorrect” sheriff says in the video.
“And let me be perfectly clear: doing nothing, or just hoping it won’t happen to you, is not going to save your life. For those that think it can’t, or won’t, happen here, trust me when I tell you, it’s already happening all around us. And the only thing left to question is when and where it will happen again,” he adds.
“As everyone probably knows, I am one of the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country and to be honest, I’m good with that. What I’m not good with is sitting back, waiting for the emergency to happen. Or even worse, sitting back and saying, ‘It won’t happen here, or it won’t happen to me.’”
The sheriff isn’t too keen on the advice being spread by authorities, especially in the wake of the latest string of attacks in England, to “run, hide, and tell” in the event of a terror attack.
“Really?! Coaching citizens the best way to save their lives and the life of a family member, co-worker, or a 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? Not here. In my book, what’s next is to fully understand that this is war and you better be prepared to wage war.”
So, how does one prepare? We must fight fire with fire:
“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 directly asked everyone with a concealed carry permit to carry “at all times possible” because the gun does you no good at home or in the car. He also encourages all gun owners to practice shooting and plan survival strategy scenarios before an attack happens.
Even though the moment you call 9-1-1 the police are on their way, the sheriff reminds us that it’s those crucial minutes when split-second decisions are the difference between life and death. The best solution is a well-armed citizenry and a willingness to defend others until backup arrives.
“It takes a community to protect a community,” Ivey says.
This isn’t a new message for the sheriff. Here he is saying the same thing two years ago: