A sheriff in Florida has warned citizens to avoid being a “sitting duck” by arming themselves in the wake of mass attacks around the world.
While running and hiding can be a good option during some attacks, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Americans must be prepared to fight back.
“If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one,” the sheriff told a local ABC affiliate. “Become proficient. Get a concealed firearms license and carry it. And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot ‘em a lot.”
“The armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back,” he said. “He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just the sitting duck. Well, the ducks need to shoot back.”
Sheriff Judd said people should always carry some type of weapon if they are not comfortable handling a gun.
His comments mirrored a recent video by the sheriff of Brevard County, just east of Polk. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey encouraged residents to obtain their concealed carry permit, attend training, and carry a gun on them at all times, whenever possible.
“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,” Sheriff Ivey said. “There is no doubt that as soon as 911 is called, law enforcement is on the way. However, until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”