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‘I Need You in the Game’: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves

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‘I Need You in the Game’: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves

I Need You in the Game: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves

n this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke talks during a budget hearing in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin sheriff said he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn’t always the best option. (AP)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has a message for residents: learn how to use a gun.

With budget cutbacks putting a strain on law enforcement, simply calling 911 might not cut it in a life-or-death or situation, Clarke said in a new radio ad this month. Safety is “no longer a spectator sport,” he says. “I need you in the game.”

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clark adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”


“Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” he asks.

The spot has quickly earned criticism, including from the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association president Roy Felber told the Associated Press it sounds like a call to vigilantism, while Barrett’s spokeswoman said it sounded like Clarke was “auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”


But Clarke told the AP he simply wants people to know what their options are in protecting themselves.

“I’m not telling you to `Hey, pick up a gun and blast away,’” he said. “People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method – to defend themselves.”

He said self-defense may not be for everyone, but that people who want to know how should be trained properly. After budget cuts forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year, he realized he had an “untapped reserve” — the public.

“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.”

James Fendry, director of the Wisconsin Pro Gun Movement, praised the ad, telling Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s never been a great option (calling 911). Unless you can take care of yourself, you’re kind of SOL.”

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by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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OneToughMami
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

We do not have such luxuries here yet. It would be seriously lovely to have. My brother is an EMT and he's always sent to the silliest of things. A lady legitimately called because she demanded an ambulance ride to the ER because her daughter pinched her finger...it wasn't even bad enough for a bandaid.

Quoting candlegal:

They have just started a new service here where you call 311 for non-emergency things you need help with.

Quoting OneToughMami:

Don't call 911 for a stubbed toe or pinched finger

Quoting GraceStrickland:

I've never heard of this man, but good for him!  So many people are critcizing first responders because it took them 5 minutes to get to a home and someone died.

1. teach your kids not to call 911

2. don't call 911 because your neighbors kids left bikes in their front yard (sorry for venting that)

3. come up with a plan of action for those fragile moments before the police arrive! 




candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I wonder if she had the money to pay for the ambulance ride, sheesh

Quoting OneToughMami:

We do not have such luxuries here yet. It would be seriously lovely to have. My brother is an EMT and he's always sent to the silliest of things. A lady legitimately called because she demanded an ambulance ride to the ER because her daughter pinched her finger...it wasn't even bad enough for a bandaid.

Quoting candlegal:

They have just started a new service here where you call 311 for non-emergency things you need help with.

Quoting OneToughMami:

Don't call 911 for a stubbed toe or pinched finger

Quoting GraceStrickland:

I've never heard of this man, but good for him!  So many people are critcizing first responders because it took them 5 minutes to get to a home and someone died.

1. teach your kids not to call 911

2. don't call 911 because your neighbors kids left bikes in their front yard (sorry for venting that)

3. come up with a plan of action for those fragile moments before the police arrive! 




FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Are they going to pay for people to be trained properly and purchase them the gun?

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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Quoting FromAtoZ:

Are they going to pay for people to be trained properly and purchase them the gun?


Only a liberal would turn the Constitutional right to own a gun into a  government entitlement welfare program...


eye rolling

shannonnigans
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM
No offense, but some of you here are the absolute last people I would ever trust with a gun. Just a little too obvious in looking forward to using it.
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Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

 bump

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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rolling on floor

Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Are they going to pay for people to be trained properly and purchase them the gun?


Only a liberal would turn the Constitutional right to own a gun into a  government entitlement welfare program...


eye rolling


AMBG825
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM
2 moms liked this

 I think it's sage advice. Historically, cities that have reduced it's police departments (and some did away wih them altogether) crime went up. So a reduction in an already limited department will inevitably see an increase in crime. In order for your average home owner to deal with that increase in crime, they need to know how to defend themselves and their families.

 

Would people prefer to wait until 6 months after the layoff and several people are killed in home invasions before putting this information out?

AMBG825
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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 And if anyone wants to ask the question why people feel it necessary to own a gun legally this is why. Cities do not have the money for their police anymore. They are laying off police officers or doing away with them entirely because the cities are broke. The officers that are out have very few means anymore to defend themselves, let alone the public.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Are they going to pay for people to be trained properly and purchase them the gun?


Only a liberal would turn the Constitutional right to own a gun into a  government entitlement welfare program...


eye rolling

I don't recall saying, at any given time, that I am a liberal.

If some one feels every citizen should be armed and trained, they damn well better find a way to pay for it.  You can't demand people do some thing they may not feel comfortable doing or something they wish not to do.  Some may not want to exercise their right to bear arms.  

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