Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted a video on social media urging citizens to arm themselves against terrorists
Ivey claims the video has received a positive response and less than one percent disliked it
In the video Ivey states that citizens need to be prepared for when the next attack happens
Statistics say American citizens are 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than they are a terrorist
A viral video on Facebook shows Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey urging citizens to arm themselves against terrorists, not saying if an attack happens, but “when it happens!”
A Mixed Response
Ivey defends his video and claims that “Less than one percent of the people on Facebook disliked it,” a percentage that is not true reading through the over 500 comments. While there is comments showing support for the video, there are also many who do not support it.
Ivey apparently does not realize that in his PSA, he is taking part in terrorism. Meriam-Webster defines terrorism as “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.” In the video, Ivey uses the promise of fear to encourage untrained citizens to battle a terrorist situation they may never encounter.
1 In 138,324,873
According to Business Insider, the chance of being killed by a foreign-born terrorist is 1 in 45,808. The chance of getting killed by a refugee terrorist is 1 in 46,192,893, while an illegal immigrant terrorist killing you ranks in at 1 in 138,324,873. As an American citizen, you are 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are a terrorist.
Aside from the incredibly low chance that you will ever have to fight ISIS during a trip to Walmart, Brevard County did not even make the list of the 20 most dangerous cities in Florida according to a report from Home Security Shield in 2014. In 2014, Brevard County had 17 murders, and in 2015 that went up to 24.
Pedestrians Dangers In Brevard County
Brevard County is ranked the second-most dangerous area for pedestrians in the entire country. Between 2005 and 2014, 142 pedestrians were struck by vehicles and died.
Ivey’s message, while he means well, is not sound advice. Most law enforcement officers are not thrilled about the idea of walking into a situation where untrained civilians are armed and ready to fire at anybody they think might be a terrorist.