"Enough is enough" when it comes to terrorism — that's the message Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted on Facebook late Sunday, telling residents now is the time to bear arms.
But some community leaders said they think more people carrying guns will cause more harm than good.
Ivey's Facebook post has gone viral; in just 24 hours, the 6-minute video — a safety message originally intended for Brevard County residents — has been viewed more than 2 million times, over 3 times the county's population.
"We're telling people we want them to arm themselves, to protect themselves," Ivey said. "We're telling people we want them to be property trained."
In the video, Ivey plainly suggests concealed-carry permit holders carry their firearms to protect themselves, their families and those around them.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
IT'S TIME TO SAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS!!
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"I think the message is: People are thirsty for a solution to the terrorist activities, they're thirsty for a solution to the active-shooter scenarios that have taken place, and I think they're thirsty for leadership," Ivey said in response to the national attention his video has gotten. "I think it was time for someone to stand up and say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Some Space Coast residents we spoke with Monday said Ivey's message resonated with them, too.
"All this stuff is happening. Why not arm a few good people?" said Curtis Edwards, of Cocoa. "I've been in the military; that's scary. This is even scarier, because you figure you're around family, friends, Americans you don't even know."
But not everyone in Brevard County agrees with the sheriff, or believes the answer is that simple.
"I'm not sure that just because somebody else has a gun that they will really be that effective," said William Gary, president of the NAACP's North Brevard County Branch. "I don't think there's been any study that shows that if you had a number of persons within any grouping who had weapons, that they would have been able to deter assailant."