A Florida county sheriff posted a video to Facebook urging citizens to arm themselves in case they are attacked.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video to Facebook just two days after a workplace shooting that took the lives of five people.
Ivey told people to prepare themselves for a potential attack so that they do not become a victim.
“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, when the attack happens,” Ivey said. “And let me be perfectly clear: doing nothing or just hoping it won’t happen to you is not going to save your life.”
While images of the Fort Lauderdale airport and Pulse Nightclub attacks play as a slideshow in the background, Ivey warns that attacks can occur anywhere and at any time.
“In my book, what’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” Ivey said.
Ivey added that the attackers aren’t expecting anyone to fight back.
“What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” he said.
“No matter who you are or what’s your position on guns, there’s no denying the fact that 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,” Ivey said.
“There is no doubt that as soon as 911 is called, law enforcement is on the way,” he added. “However, until they arrive, it is up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.”