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Florida Sheriff Goes Public with Declaration that U.S. Citizens Should Be Ready to Fight Terrorists

Another law enforcement agency head has gone public with his belief that gun-owning citizens need to be ready to defend themselves against the kind of random terror attacks that have plagued Europe recently.


In a video he posted to Facebook, Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida went as far as to say that citizens should now see themselves as “the first line of defense” against a terror attack, according to The Washington Times.

Outlining the threat as he sees it, Ivey said:

“Terrorists and active shooters are using every weapon available to target citizens. Guns, knives, trucks, hammers, and even explosives have all become the weapon of choice for murderers who only have one goal–killing innocent and law-abiding citizens. It seems that almost everyday we hear of another attack taking place at a concert, tourist destination, church, business, or anywhere else in the world where they can strike fear in the hearts of citizens.”

As for the posture Americans should assume, going forward, in preparing to defend themselves against terror attacks and other threats, Ivey pulled no punches, saying that “this is war” and telling the viewers that when serious trouble does break out and 911 is called, that until law enforcement does show up, “it is up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”

Ivey’s message is striking even by comparison to the similar, public recommendations made previously by other police chiefs and sheriffs around the country. Few, if any, have had the courage to look directly into a camera and say what many (most?) of us know to be the true condition under which the Western world is existing presently, with regard to radical Islam.

We’re at war.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr Editor At Large