Sheriff urges you to "learn to use guns"


Wisconsin sheriff tells residents that calling 911 is ‘no longer your best  option,’ urges them to learn to use guns

NY Post: A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to  handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to  crime.
In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says  personal safety is no longer a spectator sport. “I need you in the game,” he says.
“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no  longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent  criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. Consider taking a  certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and  anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism. “That doesn’t sound too smart,” Felber said. “People have the right to defend  themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Under Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” someone who uses deadly force against an  unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted  reasonably. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of  this week, there are about 155,000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke said he just wants people  to know what their options are. While self-defense isn’t for everyone, some people see personal safety as their own responsibility, he said, and they should  be trained properly. “I’m not telling you to ‘Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method — to defend themselves,” he said.
But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement “partners.” He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to  lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative.
People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of  law enforcement,” Clarke said. “I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression.”
“After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking ‘Hey, I’ve got an  untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public,”’ Clarke said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a statement criticizing the  ad: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.” Barrett was beaten up several years ago by someone with a tire iron, and  Clarke said he thought that would make the mayor “a lot more sensitive to people  being able to defend themselves in such instances. A firearm and a plan of  defense would have come in handy for him that day.”
Jeri Bonavia, executive director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, said Clarke took a dangerous position with his ad. She pointed to the case of George  Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot an unarmed  17-year-old following an altercation. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to  second-degree murder, claiming self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
“I feel like this is such an irresponsible thing for our chief public safety officer of a county to do,” Bonavia said. “I think he owes this community an apology. And if he really believes that he’s not capable of providing for our public safety he should get a different job.”
Advocating we become “Dirty Harry”? Didn’t sound like Clarke was suggesting we do that. He was responsible in suggesting you take a certified class to learn to use a weapon.
From my research on the web, police do not have a Constitutional duty to protect you. This was based on the 2005 Supreme Court ruling of the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Jessica Gonzales. (Please advise if I am incorrect.)
If someone breaks into my home or tries to attack me, I will take the law into my own hands. Because when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
h/t Anon

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Sylvia Strang
Sylvia Strang

I think he is absolutely right on! I have my concealed gun carry permit here in Alaska and I carry EVERYWHERE!


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Right on the money sheriff! Now, reading the comments of those nay sayers taking the Sheriff to task for being a realist, their opinions simply exude leftist, extremist stupidity with an unwillingness to see, let alone acknowlege empirical reality. I mean come on, how does one equate personal defense with vigilantism as this Roy Felber has done? Not only is that extreme, It is also extremely stupid! And the Mayor of Milwaukee? Considering that he himself was a victim of violence, well, to put it nicely, he’s a pussy! A moral, physical coward who not only refuses to take responsibility… Read more »

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The Sheriff is right.
Look at Illinois; it’s the only state in the union that completely bans the right to carry, whether open or concealed. Guess which US city has the highest murder rate? Yes, it’s Chicago. Chicago beat out it’s two larger companions New York & LA only because carrying is outlawed there. The criminals know that you’re not carrying when you’re in Chicago.
I thought forever that I didn’t need to carry, but so much has changed over the past few years.
If a criminal picks me, my family, or my house… they’ll have picked the wrong person, that’s for sure.


The sheriff is correct . I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried out by 6 . Hey Mayor Bennett , why don’t you cut loose some of your protection squad and let them do what they are supposed to do . Patrol the streets instead of baby-sitting your worthless political ass .