Citizens cannot lawfully wave their weapons around, point and shoot them at people without serious ramifications from other gun owners.
Earlier this year, the Polk County Sheriff’s office engaged four suspects, who were accused of robbing a pawn shop and murdering two women, in a firefight and subsequent capture of the four suspects. However, it was a response to a reporter’s question that seemed to want to push back on Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd that should be heard over and over again.
Keep in mind when you hear this that the two female victims were “viciously murdered” in a manner “much too graphic to describe,” according to Judd. Also keep in mind that the suspects had fired recklessly at officers who were in pursuit until their car crashed.
The reporter asked of Judd, “I think everybody understands the gravity of what happened and the urgency and the response that you took. Some of the comments you made last night about shooting the suspects, possibly, and the comments today about ‘ready for a gunfight’ — was that in the heat of the moment? Do you have any regret about that?”
Judd remained calm, though people have said he was hot headed, and responded, “I not only have no regret, I’m pretty excited about telling you that — that’s exactly what would’ve happened. Make no mistake about it, there’s nothing about politically correct in a gun fight. There’s nothing about politically correct when you are keeping people alive and well and safe. And the people of this community and these law enforcement officers come first.”
“I meant every word of it then, and I mean every word of it now,” he added. “If you surrender peacefully, that’s the way we prefer it. You start pointing guns at us, you can not only plan on, but you can guarantee that we are going to shoot you.”