- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2015

A Florida sheriff is calling on citizens to arm themselves in the wake of last week’s terror attack in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey declared in a video posted Sunday on his department’s official Facebook page. “If you are a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time more than ever to realize that you and you alone may very well might be the first line of defense for you, your family, and others around you in a terrorist or active shooter scenario.”

The statements came just hours after President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office about terrorism and the need for stricter gun control.

Sheriff Ivey didn’t name Mr. Obama specifically, but blasted U.S. leaders, “who are in a position to speak out by voice and strength and taking action who appear more concerned about being politically correct than they are about protecting those they took a constitutional oath to serve.”

The sheriff said he is not advocating vigilante behavior but instead is asking for responsible citizens to be aware of their surroundings and be ready to respond, Florida Today reported.

“Let there be no mistake. This is not about politics, religion, ethnicity, race or social status. But instead it is about our freedom, humanity, way of life and the future of our great nation. It is time to stop reacting and instead proactively engage anyone who threatens harm through terrorism or mass killings,” Sheriff Ivey said.

“It is time for our national and world leaders to stop worrying about being politically correct and start worrying about what needs to be said and done to target, yes I said target, terrorist. When did becoming politically correct become more important that punishing criminals? ….it didn’t,” he added.

The sheriff’s video, posted Sunday, has been shared on Facebook more than 38,000 times.

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