Sheriff Grady Judd out of Polk County, Florida, has officially put out some fairly straightforward advice to the residents of the state whose businesses and homes were looted and robbed in the wake of Hurricane Ian: “You take your gun and you shoot him, you shoot him so that he looks like grated cheese.”
As part of an appearance made this past Friday on a segment of “Fox & Friends,” Sheriff Judd issued the wisdom in which he highlighted that a large number of bad actors had lept at the opportunity to try and capitalize on the overwhelming chaos in the wake of the storm and try and steal from businesses and homes that had already been wrecked by horrendous flooding and dangerously high wings.
“People have a right to be safe in their homes…I highly recommend, if a looter enters your home, you grab your gun and you shoot him, you shoot him so he looks like grated cheese.” –@PolkCoSheriff Grady Judd pic.twitter.com/UXDdsuqpF8
— NRA (@NRA) October 8, 2022
“Well, I can tell you that I was down there with my colleague, Sheriff Marceno, this weekend. And it’s total devastation, and people have a right to be safe in their homes,” stated Judd. “They have a right for their property to be safe even when part of their home may be torn away. And these looters, that’s unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable.”
“I would highly suggest that if a looter breaks into your home, comes into your home while you’re there to steal stuff, that you take your gun and you shoot him, you shoot him so that he looks like grated cheese,” Judd went on, adding, “Because you know what? That’s one looter that won’t break into anyone else’s home and take advantage of them when they’re the most vulnerable and the most weak.”
The comments from the sheriff seem to be in the same vein as those voiced by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who has previously stated to those thinking about trying their hand at looting in their neighbor’s homes and businesses that his state is a stand-your-ground state.
Florida is a law and order state.
Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/8Ma9RuSlPq
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2022
“We want to make sure we’re maintaining law and order,” stated DeSantis, highlighting that law enforcement was making sure to keep a particularly close watch on the hardest hit areas of the state.
“Don’t even think about looting, don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation,” he explained, issuing a promise of state support to go along with local law enforcement efforts and issuing warnings to residents that any looters could be taking boats out to the most remote island houses. “I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home. And I would not want to chance that if I were you, given that we’re a 2nd Amendment state.”