The Sheriff of Polk County, Florida, Grady Judd, let it rip on anyone who would try and harm the people of his county.

He sent a warning shot loud and clear to rioters who may attempt to rob, steal, or set fires:

“The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns. — And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”

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There had been some trouble in Lakeland, Florida and Sheriff Judd wasn’t having it:

He set a curfew and arrested anyone not obeying the curfew.

In 2017, Sheriff Judd warned citizens about not being a sitting duck in an active shooter situation:

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Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd doesn’t want residents “sitting like a duck”.

“You have to fight, and you have to be armed, and you have to be prepared,” Sheriff Judd explains what you should do in case you’re ever in the situation.

His thinking reflects the same ideas that the Brevard County Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, stated in a video made last week.

“Like each of you I am sickened and deeply concerned about the cowardly attacks that are taking place around the world,” Ivey says.

The video, which was shared across the country, asks citizens to prepare for the worst. It says, don’t run, don’t hide if you or others are in danger, the only way to make a difference is to fight.

“A team of citizens working together to attack the suspect back, have much greater chance of survival than allowing the suspect to operate unimpeded,” Ivey says in the six-minute video explaining how to prepare and attack a suspect.

Both Judd and Ivey say there is always a response time in any emergency and that the only person protecting you is you, that is, until help arrives.

“You can either stand there as we’ve seen many times before and be a victim, or you can fight back,” Judd says.

The Polk Sheriff even went on to explain how the number of people killed during the Pulse Night Club attack, might have been lower if a “good” person might have been armed and ready to fight.

“If you are not afraid of a gun, get one, become proficient, get a concealed firearms license and carry it. And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot them a lot,” Sheriff Judd said.

But, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to carrying.

“That’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” Polk resident, Mary Dailey said. “I’m all for your right to own a gun if you are a responsible person, but you should have to prove it,” Dailey added.

For those with the badges and the right to shoot, they say “Next Time” it may be your only option.

“They are ready to die when they walk into an active shooter situation. They are ready to die, but they are not accustomed to people shooting back,” Judd said.

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