BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A Florida sheriff’s Facebook message is going viral after suggesting that “good guys” with guns are the ones who stop the bad guys.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you’re 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 be the first line of defense for you, your family and others around you in a terrorist act or active shooter-based scenario,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.
The sheriff posted the video on Facebook on Sunday, a few days after the shooting at a company holiday party in San Bernardino left 14 dead. President Barack Obama called it a terrorist act.
“Like each of you, I’ve had enough of terrorists and others deciding to target U.S. citizens because they want to make a statement or get their 15 minutes of fame. I personally believe that the fear of terrorism is much larger and encompassing that the terrorists themselves,” Ivey said, adding that the media needs to stop covering terrorists’ propaganda.
Ivey called out those in positions of power who he feels are more concerned about being politically correct.
“Equally concerning is the fact that there are those in our country who are in a position to speak out by voicing 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,” he said.
Ivey explained that he’s not calling on citizens to become vigilantes, but know the type of people they could confront.
“This is about being able to defend and survive an attack by armed, evil people until the cavalry can arrive,” he said. “I am in no way suggesting that we as citizens take on a vigilante role. What I am saying is that we need to be mentally and physically prepared to respond to an attack so we can effectively defend and protect ourselves in an emergency.”
During an address to the nation Sunday evening, President Barack Obama called on Congress to approve legislation to bar guns from being sold to people on a no-fly list.
He reiterated his call for broader gun control legislation, saying no matter how effective law enforcement and intelligence agencies are, they can’t identify every would-be shooter. He called it a matter of national security to prevent potential killers from getting guns.
“What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill,” he said.
Obama stands little chance of getting the Republican-led Congress to agree to any gun control measures. On Thursday, the Senate rejected legislation barring people the government suspects of acts of terror from purchasing firearms. Gun rights advocates say such a ban would violate the rights of people who haven’t been convicted of crimes.
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