Ivey said while 911 responds to the situation, "it's up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat". 'This is war, ' Ivey declared in a Facebook video.
- The Brevard County Sheriff has strong words for members of his community and overseas about the potential threat of terrorism: This is war and you better be prepared. "We want our citizens to understand that there's no way to prepare where the next attack is coming from, even the next active shooter".
"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", Ivey said in the video, which has received more than 100,000 views.
"You have to make a decision right now, right this moment, to be prepared to save your life and those you love when the attack happens", he said.
One commenter wrote: 'How is this helpful? "You are doing more harm than good by trying to get everyone armed and on edge".
Ivey's point is there were many incidents are on the rise, which might be locally or overseas, but all are taking innocent lives, and the people who are dying are can not even get any chances to protect themselves, so being prepared is a onetime solution.
'As you know I am the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country and I'm good with that.
Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times. "If they're concealed carry holders, carry their gun with them". Those who have guns, though, should train often, he says.
His video has been shared more than 7,500 times.
As to how to start preparing, Ivey suggested devising a "survival strategy right now".
"It takes a community to protect a community", he said. The best case scenario: "you are mentally and physically prepared and that day never happens".