Sheriff Ivey photo by Dave Workman
By Dave Workman
When Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey spoke to the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Tampa, he demonstrated why he’s one of Florida’s better-known lawmen.
His message was simple: “If you are a citizen that has a concealed carry (license), carry your gun with you to every potential venue that you can,” he said. “Be prepared to protect yourself.”
Sheriff Ivey is the fellow who posted a video on social media titled “Enough is Enough.” It reached millions of people and is still viewed months after it was posted in early December 2015.
Ivey was one of more than 75 speakers at the two-day conference, which drew hundreds of Second Amendment and self-defense activists from all over the map. American Handgunner’s Massad Ayoob was there, along with Supreme Court winner Alan Gura, the attorney who successfully argued both the 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald cases.
When he stepped up to the microphone, Sheriff Ivey left no doubt about where he stands on the right to keep and bear arms, and self-defense.
“Everybody in here better have a gun,” he told the audience. He then quipped, “We have a strong understanding that if you’re a good person and you come into Brevard County and you don’t have a gun, we issue you one.”
Telling the packed room that, “You are the first line of defense,” he reminded the audience about the terror attack in San Bernardino. He stressed that armed citizens have the best chance of defending their lives, their families and the lives of people around them.
“Government’s one and only responsibility is to protect its citizens,” he observed. “It’s not to say we need gun control because we have gun control. What we need is criminal control. That’s what we need. We need to keep their butts locked up and off the street where they can’t hurt people.”
Florida is one of three states that has more than a million active concealed carry licenses in circulation. The gun prohibition lobby dubbed Florida the “Gunshine State” years ago when it adopted concealed carry reforms.
A 37-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Ivey noted that his department has been offering a course on self-defense, tactical shooting and decision making for more than a year. Because of attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando, those classes have filled up well into next year.
Timing is everything
By unfortunate coincidence, two nights before Sheriff Ivey spoke at the conference, there was a mall shooting at the far corner of the country, in Burlington, Washington. A lone killer walked into the Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall and opened fire, fatally wounding four women and one man.
He used a stolen .22-caliber Ruger 10/22 semi-auto, which he placed on a counter before he strolled out the door. Within 24 hours, he was in custody and now faces five counts of first-degree murder.
As is typical, in the wake of that shooting several facts about the suspect, Arcan Cetin, quickly surfaced. Hours before the shooting, he strolled into an Island County gun shop and asked about buying a .45-caliber handgun. No dice, according to the owner, who told him he’d have to go through a background check.
That would have been a problem, since he was under a court order against firearms possession dating back to December. He reportedly had also been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment. That stuff would raise a red flag on any background check.
As if to demonstrate that background checks don’t deter someone bent on mayhem, he stole the rifle and ammunition, plus a 25-round magazine from his step-father. Two years ago, Washington voters passed a so-called “universal background check” law that does not appear to have prevented a single bad guy from getting a gun. It certainly didn’t prevent the Sept. 23 attack.
In addition to being a multiple murder suspect, Cetin is not an American citizen. He immigrated to this country as a youngster, but here’s another interesting tidbit that has infuriated conservative talk show hosts all over the map: He somehow managed to become a registered voter in Washington State. Better still, it was discovered that he had voted in at least three elections, including Washington’s presidential primary.
Voter registration in the Evergreen State is done on what some call an “honor system.” Maybe that goes along with the affinity Washington liberals have with the “sanctuary” concept. Maybe they’ll be re-thinking that in the legislature come January, depending upon which party runs the game after the November elections.
Could an armed citizen have dropped this guy in his tracks? Hard to say, but after listening to Sheriff Ivey, one concludes he’d have been happy if someone had been there to give it a try.
Mass. AG Sued Over ‘Enforcement Notice’
Keep an eye on Massachusetts, where state Attorney General Maura Healey has been sued by four firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation for allegedly overstepping her authority in regulating firearms.
Back in July, Healey announced that she will enforce a statute banning so-called “assault weapons” by re-defining what the lawsuit says is the meaning of the statutory phrase “copies and duplicates of assault weapons,” according to the 22-page complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.
This is a big deal, because the lawsuit challenges the authority of an official to define what constitutes an “assault weapon” by using a “similarity” test or “interchangeability” test. That is, if a firearm looks like a banned gun or uses some of the same internal components, it suddenly becomes a banned firearm.
The lawsuit asserts that the similarity” and “interchangeability” tests “did not exist anywhere until July 20, 2016 when it was created for the first time by the Office of the Attorney General.”
Robber Helps Cop, Shoots Self
This probably isn’t what they mean when they brag about “public spirited citizens,” but a bank robbery suspect in the city of Auburn, Washington traded shots with an Auburn bicycle officer after pulling a job in the downtown area.
After both missed each other, the unidentified robbery suspect ran into an alley and then shot himself in the head. In so doing, the crook may have cleared up two Auburn bank robberies. According to KOMO News, police said the same guy was responsible for a robbery about a week earlier at a different bank.
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