VIDEO: Sheriff Warns American Citizens “Be Ready and Be Armed”
As President Obama lectures American citizens on the need to embrace Islam as a religion of peace, calling ISIS a “cult” following the massacre in San Bernardino, and as politicians debate sweeping changes in national policy, local law enforcement officials are beginning to call on residents to work with them as the front line defense against terrorism.
Now a Florida sheriff’s Facebook video speaking to the stark reality of domestic terrorism facing America has gone viral.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey's message has logged over 4.5 million views and been shared over 145,000 times.
His no-nonsense, “un-PC” call to the residents of his county to take steps to protect themselves did not mince words nor sugarcoat his assessment of the dangers faced by citizens when terrorists among us act in surprise attacks.
“It is time for our national and world leaders to stop worrying about being politically correct and start worrying about what needs to be said and done to target, yes I said target, terrorist. When did becoming politically correct become more important that punishing criminals? It didn’t…”
The video’s straight talk has struck a nerve among a citizenry that increasingly feels unprotected by the Obama administration. A CBS poll revealed that 69 percent of Americans believe another terror attack in the next several months is likely and less than 40 percent approve of President Obama’s handling of the terror threat.
Sheriff Ivey addressed the controversies surrounding Islamic terrorism head on.
“Let there be no mistake. This is not about politics, religion, ethnicity, race or social status. But instead it is about our freedom, humanity, way of life and the future of our great nation. It is time to stop reacting and instead proactively engage anyone who threatens harm through terrorism or mass killings.”
Pointing out that even the best law enforcement response to a call cannot protect citizens from the type of harm unleashed by terrorists, the sheriff urged Brevard County residents to “be aware and be prepared to help defend” their neighbors.
“Law enforcement officers in San Bernardino arrived on scene approximately four minutes after the incident was first reported. Even with that incredible response time, they arrived too late to find too many dead or critically wounded.”
Ivey echoed the belief that comes to the surface following every terror incident, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” going on to give his recommendations to the residents of his county.
“If you are a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is a time more than ever to realize that you and you alone very well might be the first line of defense for you [and] your family.”
Ivey’s message was repeated in a front-page column on Tuesday in FLORIDA TODAY.
Among the comments on Ivey’s video post, one female resident wrote, “I'm a good guy. I'm getting a gun. Taking a safety course and going to the shooting range to practice just in case I'm ever in a situation and you can bet I'll get them with one shot.”
Another posted, “Thank you, Sheriff Ivey, for pointing out that we need to empower ourselves as citizens. Reliance on law enforcement to save us is impractical and unrealistic. Only by learning the right skills and having the right frame of mind can we protect ourselves.”
Other local sheriffs around the country are also stepping up to fill the vacuum left by incompetent, ineffective and politically correct national policies.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a similar statement to the residents of Maricopa County, Arizona, as did another Florida sheriff, Chris Blair of Marion County.