Polk County, FL – One sheriff in Florida told citizens they should get trained on how to use a gun safely, and arm themselves so they can be prepared to protect their fellow citizens in case of another mass shooting (video below).
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd posted a Facebook video that expressed his opinions on the Polk County Sheriff’s Facebook page.
The video is 90 seconds long and was posted Nov. 6. It had 87,000 views by Nov. 9.
The Facebook page post states, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
“Children, adults are in church on a Sunday morning in a small community in Texas worshiping. And they are assaulted by a nut. I mean this guy is mentally deranged obviously,” Sheriff Judd said in the video.
“And somebody has got to be there with a gun to stop him. I mean, think about it. He shows up with an AR-15 and a lot of ammunition. Sure it’s easy to kill people when there is no one there shooting back. But all that changed when the neighbor shows up with a gun and starts shooting at him. They exchanged shots. He throws the gun down and runs to his car,” the sheriff said.
“I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe for those who care enough to learn how to carry a firearm safely, use a firearm safely, get your concealed firearm license and be prepared to protect your fellow person,” Sheriff Judd said.
“A good person with a gun is not a danger to society. They are an attribute. The bottom line to it is simply this: we got to look out for each other in this society, we always have. We have to be safe. We live under the illusion of safety if we don’t have the training and equipment to protect ourselves,” he said.
In September, when Florida was preparing for Hurricane Irma to hit, Sheriff Judd wrote a tweet directed at wanted individuals in his jurisdiction.
“If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we’ll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail,” he wrote.
Nexus Services, which provides legal services for immigrants, filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Judd for his tweet, alleging unconstitutional pedestrian warrant checks at emergency shelters for evacuees, according to WFLA.
Watch Sheriff Judd's comments here: