WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – In a message to citizens and homicidal-mass-murderers alike, another Florida sheriff says people need to be prepared to shoot back.
Polk County sheriff is sending out a call to arms. He says people should be armed and prepared just in case they are faced with an active shooter, reported Fox 13.
Ducks Need to Shoot Back
“The armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just a sitting duck. Well, the ducks need to shoot back.”
Judd says citizens should have a concealed weapons permit and carry their gun with them whenever they can. He also says gun owners should keep their skills sharp.
And if a gun is not your thing, he says, you might consider another kind of weapon, like pepper spray or a Taser.
“If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one,” said the sheriff. “And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot ‘em a lot.”
Two Sheriffs Spreading Same Message
Judd is on the same page as Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Ivey posted the same message on Facebook, and it went viral.
“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,” Ivey said in the video.
Sheriff Ivey’s video can be seen here.
“Active Shooters” Are “Homicidal Murderers”
Judd is putting his philosophies to work. He is doing more than talking the talk. He is walking the walk. In Florida, it is illegal to carry a weapon on a school campus. But a few months ago, he launched a first-of-its-kind program. He is training staff members at Southeastern University to shoot. He wants them to be prepared, knowing they are the first line of defense against a crazed gunman.
An “active shooter” is a “homicidal murderer.” If a suspect who is motivated to kill en-masse comes on campus, the staffers are automatically deputized. As a result, this means they can do what they have been trained to do; neutralize the suspect. If the bad guy dies, that is his fault.
(Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Office)