A controversial video posted by the Brevard County (Fla.) sheriff urging the public to arm themselves against terrorists is creating mixed responses.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the six-minute video on June 7, receiving 365,000 views and more than 7,500 shares in five days.
Ivey says in the video that “we can’t afford to sit back and wait for the next act of terrorism.”
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense,” says Ivey. “Doing nothing, or just hoping it won’t happen to you, is not going to save your life.”
Ivey admits that he is probably one of the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country.
He says the action by the public to “run, hide and tell” isn’t a good approach since “this is war.”
Ivey says the terrorists need to know that residents may attack them, helping to neutralize the threat.
Citing the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, Ivey encourages everyone to develop a survival strategy and carry their gun at all times possible if you have a permit.