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We live in Polk County, Florida. No one messes with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He’s been following the rioting that’s occurring across the country, and he’s taken a stand in Polk County:
Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.
‘I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, 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. So, leave the community alone,’ Judd said.
The sheriff encouraged anyone wishing to express their first amendment right to free speech to keep the focus on George Floyd, who Judd said was the victim who should be honored.
Sheriff Judd is a man I greatly respect. He is not only public about the values he holds, his support of the rule of law and private gun ownership, but he has also been on the cutting edge of innovative programs, such as the program that the state developed for campus safety. He is known for collaborating with leaders in the community, school leadership and government. In this brief interview, he doesn’t mince words about arming school teachers:
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After weeks of being mostly shut in, we were excited to go to the gun range to practice, and we had a ball. We couldn’t help laughing at ourselves, because whenever we take a break from an activity (like when we used to played golf), we have a much better performance experience when we go back; it’s as if we forget all our bad habits. My husband says he’d hoped that my shooting accuracy would go down after our time off, since I sometimes shoot more accurately than he does; unfortunately for him, Annie Oakley showed up! (He was kidding.)
For those of you who don’t own guns, for whatever reasons, reconsider buying a gun and getting the proper training. I know that during the lockdown, with the lack of legitimate information about the danger of the COVID-19 virus, we knew that there was little we could do to protect ourselves except stay home. But today reminded me that with the riots happening everywhere, I can be armed and dangerous. And we may not be able to fight the virus, but we sure as heck can protect ourselves from rioters.
And we will.Published in