America’s sheriffs aren’t waiting on the White House to act on terrorism. They’re taking seriously the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 14 Americans were killed and 21 injured when two radical Islamic terrorists entered a holiday celebration and opened fire with semi-automatic weapons. Not one of the victims at the party was armed, and all were utterly helpless to defend themselves as the gunmen attempted to kill everyone in attendance.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a few days before the attack, was the first sheriff to warn citizens of the dangers of terrorism becoming a reality on our doorsteps. Arpaio, responding to worldwide alerts of domestic terrorism in the U.S., called on every gun carrying citizen in Arizona to be on high alert to attempts by terrorists to kill citizens.
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Western Journalism reported that Arpaio said, “I expect armed citizens to take action in the event of a terror attack or if other violence occurs until law enforcement arrives…The volunteer posse can’t do it alone, so with nearly 250,000 Arizonans carrying concealed weapons, terrorists with evil intent entering large gatherings, including shopping malls, should be worried about armed citizens who will be ready to defend themselves and others.”
Now, after the attacks, other sheriffs are encouraging their citizenry to follow Sheriff Arpaio’s advice. Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff Wayne Ivey is calling on all gun owners with concealed carry permits to be mentally and physically prepared to take on the terrorists themselves.
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Sheriff Ivey warned, “If you are a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time to realize more than ever that you, and you alone may very well be the first line of defense for you, your family, and others around you…” Sheriff Ivey’s video address can be seen in its entirety on Facebook by clicking here.
He concluded by encouraging all citizens to get firearms training and to be prepared for the next inevitable active shooter or terrorist situation.