HUGHES SPRINGS, TX – A couple of lawmen from Texas and Florida are going all John Wayne when it comes to guns.
Hughes Springs police chief Randy Kennedy is urging his East Texas citizens to arm themselves. "I strongly encourage you to arm yourselves, and be ready when the wolf comes to the door, because it's on its way."
Kennedy says he felt the need to post the message after watching President Obama’s remarks on terrorism. “I want these jihadis to know that the people here will fight and do what's necessary to protect their families and their lives."
The folks of Hughes Springs seem to like what the chief says. Israel Gomez is one of them. "For me, it's all right, I mean everybody need to have a gun to protect themselves."
Florence Royal agreed. "If that's my chief's statement, then I'm agreeable with him."
Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida has the same message. "So let there be no mistake in what I'm about to say. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Ivey says he’s disgusted by the terror attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, and he wants armed citizens to have the ability to take down a shooter.
Ivey says even those who oppose firearms need to figure out what they can get their hands on to protect themselves in what he calls a “unique time” in American history.
“There's a taser, there's pepper spray. There is, I don't care if you pick up a brick to protect yourself and save your family."
In other words, times of uncertainty require certainty in actions.