A Florida sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video on Facebook Wednesday, two days after a deadly workplace shooting in nearby Orlando claimed the lives of five people. “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,” Sheriff Ivey said. As images of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and Pulse nightclub massacre flashed on-screen, Ivey warned residents that attacks have happened locally as well as abroad. “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. Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back. “What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued. The sheriff said that calling 911 means officers are on their way, but said, “Until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.” Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times. “No matter who you are or what your position is 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 sheriff’s message received a mixed response.
I’m sure.. But, Sheriff Ivey is exactly right!! As a concealed carry person myself, I’m always armed. And, it doesn’t hurt that I have many years of experience as a “field grade” Army officer, including time in Afghanistan, etc. If you don’t have a concealed carry permit, consider getting one…as well as a concealed carry firearm. Then, spend time on your local firing range. Its a great hobby, and is something you do with your family and loved ones. Kudos to Sheriff Ivey for having the courage in this day and age to put such a message out there. Excellent!! 🙂
May 2017 shattered the gun purchase background check records set under Barack Obama during May 2015 and 2016. Breitbart News reported that May 2015 set what was then an all-time record for background checks for the month of May and began a 19-month streak in which each month surpassed background check records. In other words, May 2015 witnessed more background checks than any May in history, then June 2015 witnessed more background checks than any June, and more in July than any July, and so on. The streak continued through November 2016. Newly released FBI figures for May 2017 show that the background check records set in May 2015 and 2016 are now history. May 2015 saw 1,580,980 checks, May 2016 saw 1,870,000, and May 2017 saw 1,942,677. It is interesting to note the newest month-of-May record comes on the heels of a Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) report that concealed carry surged 215% between 2007 and 2015. CPRC reported the murder rate fell 14% during that same time period.
…a fact you will NOT hear about, if you get your news from the dominantly liberal mainstream media. This is really good news; more and more law abiding Americans exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. It’s a beautiful thing! 🙂