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Polk Sheriff Judd: Armed citizens the answer to situations like Texas

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd once again is stirring up controversy online.

On Tuesday, two days after a mass shooting at a Texas church, Judd posted a video on the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, offering his own take on what should happen THE next time a similar situation occurs.

"Someone's got to be there with a gun to stop them," he says in the video, nodding his head. The "them" to whom he was referring were people like Devin Kelley, 26, the shooter who entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 people with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Additionally, the Facebook post offers free active shooter prevention training for business owners to help them prepare if they are ever in a similar situation.

During preparation for Hurricane Irma earlier this year, Judd's tweet about not allowing sex offenders and predators into shelters received national attention.

"I mean, think about it: He shows up with an AR-15 and a lot of ammunition. Sure it's easy to kill people when there's no one there shooting back," he said. "But all of that changed when a neighbor with a gun shows up and starts shooting at him."

Judd goes on to endorse people who responsibly carry and use firearms to protect others.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. We do active shooter scenario training - call us @ 863-298-6677

In response to the tweet, some users supported Judd, while others believed he was making a bad call.

Are you saying church congregations should be armed/guarded? That is awful. What kind of world do you want your grand children to live in?

This is awesome. Wish my PD did this.

All due respect, this is not working. Stats are against you.

"I believe in the Second Amendment," Judd says in the video. "The bottom line to it is simply this: We've got to look out for each other in this society, we always have. We have to be safe. We live under the illusion of safety if we don't have the training and the equipment to protect ourselves."

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