Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey (Rep.) is up for re-election in 2016. The open-carry and “campus carry” advocate (because we obviously live in the wild west) took the opportunity in the wake of the recent terror attack in California to advocate for Second Amendment rights in a video he shared on Facebook. The video is receiving quite a bit of attention.
Parroting the NRA talking point that “good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns,” the Sheriff is “reminding” everyone that mass shootings can happen anywhere and, in his view, a well-armed populace is the only way to stay safe. Because, clearly that has been proven
time and time again never.
The video opens with almost immediate fear-mongering, “The purpose of this column is to tell our citizens that if a terrorist attack or active shooter scenario can happen in California, Texas, South Carolina, or Paris, it can happen right here in our own back yard.”
He then jumps on the anti-politically correct bandwagon. That’s an ever so popular talking point among the mindless right-wingers who support things like open carry, so it plays really well to his base of voters.
The NRA darling says, “When did being politically correct become more important than punishing criminals? It didn’t, and it’s time for PC to become the acronym for protecting citizens, which is government’s first and only priority to its people.”
Yeah, because in a country with THE highest incarceration rate in the world, we obviously don’t “punish criminals.” WTF?
And then, the zinger – the motivation for which Florida gun-toting, right-wingers need so little of, the official request for citizens to be on the ready to shoot people:
So let there be no mistake in what I am about to say … 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 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 or active shooter based scenario. (Emphasis added)
Of course, Sheriff Ivey has the right-wing’s attention, which includes the National Rifle Association. The NRA-ILA shared the video on their page and they say of Sheriff Ivey:
He is a consummate defender of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment.
This type of advocacy is quite frightening. We’ve seen it time and time again. Even well-trained police officers can misjudge situations that result in the deaths of innocent people. Now, that margin of error greatly increases as more and more people walk out of their homes, guns strapped to their hips, ready to take out a bad guy with their itchy trigger fingers.
Yeah, this doesn’t have disaster written all over it.
Watch Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey tell Floridians to arm themselves:
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