An increasing number of law enforcement officials are publicly encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for their own safety.
Florida Sheriff Grady Judd (shown) was blunt in speaking to criminals considering invading any citizen’s home in Polk County: “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot.”
In speaking to his constituents, he was equally blunt: “It’s more important to have a gun in your hand that a cop on the phone.”
Brevard County, Florida, Sheriff Wayne Ivey told Florida Today that his constituents must be “that first line of defense” against the criminal element in his jurisdiction, whlle Marion County, Florida Sheriff Chris Blair told the Tampa Tribune, “If you’re certified to carry a gun, I would like to encourage you to do so.”
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