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This is war': Sheriff urges citizens to 'stand together,' prepare to fight back against terrorists

Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida, told Americans in a video message that they should be prepared to battle terrorists and that "this is war." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Florida's Brevard County calls himself "probably one of the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country."

And after the latest public service video from Ivey, he likely won't be grabbing new admirers from among liberals.

In the nearly six-minute clip, Ivey notes the recent surge in terrorist attacks in Europe, particularly in Great Britain — and tells Americans that it's time to wake up.

"Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as first line of defense — not only for them, but for their families when the attack happens," Ivey says. "And let me be perfectly clear: doing nothing or just hoping it won't happen to you is not going to save your life."

He adds: "For those who think that it can't or won't happen here, trust me when I tell you that it's already happening all around us. And the only thing left to question is when and where it will happen again — and how many more innocent lives will be lost."

Mocking the "run, hide and tell" mantra from London police to its citizens after the Islamic terror attack there on June 3, Ivey asked, "What's next? Ask you to run, hide and then draw a line in the sand, while daring the cold-blooded murderer to cross it?"

No, for Ivey what's next means coming 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.

"I am firmly convinced that as Americans we can no longer sit back and pray the fight isn't brought to us," he said. "Instead, we have to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, prepared and ready to issue an immediate and directed response when the attack happens."

As to how to start preparing, Ivey suggested devising a "survival strategy right now." He said those with concealed carry permits should carry all the time. Ivey also called on those who own guns to practice on a regular basis, take classes and get training.

Ivey said those without guns should consider weapons such as tasers. He also emphasized the "four A's of survival": awareness of your surroundings, arming yourself, avoidance of the threat and attacking the threat.

He reminded viewers to remember that on 9/11, the only attack that failed was when citizens on United Airlines flight 93 "stood up" and "showed terrorists what happens when Americans fight back."

Some folks, however, didn't take kindly to the sheriff's video:

"Oh my god f*** OFF Wayne Ivey," one Twitter user wrote. "When I get shot accidentally by an overly enthusiastic good guy with a gun, you're invited to my funeral."

It isn't the first time Ivey's spoken out on the subject.

In 2015, he called on responsible gun owners to be “mentally and physically prepared” to neutralize terrorist suspects as the first line of defense.

“Let there be no mistake in what I’m about to say,” Ivey said. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you are a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is a time more than ever to realize that you and you alone very well might be the first line of defense for you [and] your family.”

(H/T: Hot Air)

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