Ivey emphasized that armed citizens are the first line of defense against would-be attackers, whatever the reason for the attack.
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.”
Ivey noted that those attacking innocent people count on them running, hiding and waiting for police to respond instead of fighting back.
What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives.”
Ivey reminds viewers that terror attacks don’t just happen overseas, that they happen locally as well. He said to absolutely call 911, but understand it just means help is on the way. But, until it arrives, the burden for neutralizing or eliminating the threat falls to those on the scene.
His message encourages people to take self-defense classes and urges those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns 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,”
The video has prompted a mixed reaction, with some local residents raising concerns about encouraging vigilantes and calling it “fear-mongering.” Others applauded the video and see it as a “wake-up call” for the community.
Ivey’s position also has a mixed response among law enforcement professionals. Those opposed worry that police responding to a scene with multiple armed people could expose officers to a more dangerous situation and make their job more difficult.
Of course, The New York Times managed to track down Leonard Papania, the police chief in Gulfport, Mississippi, to speak out against weakening gun laws and provide a critique.
Do you want every incident on your street to escalate to acts of gun violence?”
Ivey proudly notes his contrary views and urges viewers to take advantage of the police department’s videos on how to survive emergencies.
As you know I am one of the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country and I’m good with that. What I’m not good with is sitting back while waiting on the emergency to happen.”
No doubt the controversy will continue. But Ivey’s decision to take a bold stance on behalf of his constituents will mirror what other law enforcement officials will counsel as well while their communities become more vulnerable to terrorist incidents.
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