The Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida recently produced a video which used images from the Orlando shooting as well as two other local shootings. His message to local citizens was as simplistic but dangerous: “This is War.”
In the video, posted on Facebook earlier in June, Sheriff Wayne Ivey urges citizens to “be prepared” to defend themselves against unspecific threats.
“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families when the attack happens,” Ivey said in the video.
Behind the sheriff scenes from the Orlando shooting, the Fort-Lauderdale airport shooting, another more recent Orlando workplace shooting, and the London Bridge attack flashed across the screen as Ivey continued to try and whip up the fear and paranoia of scared and ignorant citizens.
“What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said.
He then went on to promote the message of his NRA puppet masters.
“No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said.
Just to add icing to the cake, he finished up by urging rednecks and old white people to “be prepared to wage war.”
Unfortunately, Sheriffs like Ivey are a dime a dozen around the U.S. They are motivated by their ambition for power and money more so than a need to serve the public. They create atmospheres of “urgent danger” to hustle local and federal funds so they can buy war zone equipment for their deputies.
Then they turn around and use that equipment on disadvantaged (mostly minority) neighborhoods to justify the expense.
However, fear mongering is a very old game that conservative politicians have played for years, and with Donald Trump infesting the White House, we can expect to see more Rambo roaches like Ivey crawl out from under their rocks.