Florida Sheriff Grady Judd is urging residents in his county to arm up, stressing that it is “more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.”
Judd is Sheriff of Polk County.
According to Fox News, “Judd believes guns allow citizens to defend themselves when police cannot.” Moreover, he wants criminals to know that citizens in his county will defend themselves.
Following an incident where a home invasion suspect was shot earlier this month, Judd said, “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig has spent the past two years pushing for citizens in his city to arm themselves for self-defense, and Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpario led the charge for citizens in Arizona to carry guns more frequently following the a number of high profile shootings across the country in 2015. And following the December 2 San Bernardino terror attack, Arpiao told Breitbart News that armed citizens can take out the bad guys “before the cops arrive.”
In addition to Craig, Arpaio–and now, Judd–Police Chief Randy Kennedy (Hughes Springs, TX), Sheriff David Cole (Steuben County, NY,), Sheriff Michael A. Helmig (Boone County, KY), Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum (Ulster County, NY), and Sheriff Wayne Ivey (Brevard County, FL), have all urged residents with concealed carry permits to carry guns daily to stave off crime and terrorism.