After being introduced by dramatic horns in front of fancy computer graphics, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey had a message for his constituents: “One of the great things about being sheriff is that you’re able to do and say what needs to be said and done to protect the citizens of your community.”

The thing that needs to be done, according to Ivey, is for the “good guys” to arm themselves, and shoot the “bad guys” if they get a chance.

In a Facebook message that has since gone viral, the sheriff said said he was “sick and tired” of terrorists who just want “their 15 minutes of fame.”


He referenced shootings in San Bernardino, Texas, South Carolina and even his own home county to illustrate the point that everything is a target for terrorists and “active shooters.”

Ivey said that wasn’t the only thing worrying him.


“Equally concerning is the fact that there are those in this country who are in a position to speak out by voicing strength and taking action who appear more concerned about being politically correct than they are about protecting those they took an oath to protect and serve,” Ivey said.

While saying this wasn’t about “politics” or “religion,” and instead had everything to do with “liberty,” Ivey repeatedly said political correctness was making things more dangerous for everyone, and it was forcing him to speak out.

“It’s time for America to get back to being America,” Ivey said, before adding: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Ivey said he wants people to train themselves in how to handle a firearm so in an active shooter situation they can take an active role “until the cavalry can arrive.”

While Ivey said he’s “not encouraging vigilantism,” not all in law enforcement encourage his plan.

Detective Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, told CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa that mass shootings don’t happen in a vacuum. They are chaotic, and most people are not trained to deal with the adrenalin rush and confusion of a bloodbath.

“The risk is that you could easily be shot. You could be shot by the active shooter, you could be shot by other concerned citizens carrying firearms and you could be shot by law enforcement,” said McKinnon.

An accused burglar is dead after Brevard County deputies said he hid in a pond while on the run and was killed by an 11-foot-long alligator.

Matthew Riggins, 22, of Palm Bay was reported missing Nov. 13. His body was found 10 days later floating in a pond near Latan Court and Barefoot Circle, in Barefoot Bay. Investigators said it had the makings of a gator attack.

Shortly before Riggins was reported missing, he called his girlfriend and told her he’d be in the area breaking into homes, deputies said.

“He was going to do burglaries in the Barefoot Bay area with another individual,” said Maj. Tod Goodyear, with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Neighbors reported to authorities that they saw two men dressed in black lurking behind homes. Deputies began searching the area and were later joined by more deputies, K-9 units and a sheriff’s helicopter.

Investigators said Riggins then called his girlfriend to tell her they were being chased and lying low.

“Do you still hear them hollering, or did they hunker down?” deputies could be heard saying on radio traffic.

Deputies called off the search that night, but then Riggins’ family reported him missing less than 24 hours later.

“He probably went into the lake to hide from the officers and the dog, and came across that gator,” Goodyear said. “To hide somewhere to try and get away, and then meeting up with an animal like that, no, I’ve never had that happen before.”

“He hid in the wrong place,” said Laura Farris, a Barefoot Bay resident.



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