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WI Sheriff Suggests Residents Arm Themselves!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Wisconsin sheriff urges residents to arm themselves

January 27, 2013

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."

Gee, what a shocking idea. That people might sometimes need to defend themselves.

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."

What law are they taking into their own hands? (Mr. Felber doesn’t sound too smart.)

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.

The news media and the rest of the Democrat Party always see personal responsibility as something the government should do for you.

"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…

Sherriff Clarke should consider running for higher office.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a statement criticizing the ad: "Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie."

What a ‘low information’ response from a typical ‘low information’ politician.

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." …


This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WI Sheriff Suggests Residents Arm Themselves!”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    (from the review)

    OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK: Do the police owe a duty to protect you from criminal attack? In most of the United States, the answer is “no.” In fact, in most cases the police do not even have to respond to your emergency 911 call.

    Don’t believe it? Read the true stories from all across America about citizens who depended solely upon their telephone and police response for emergency help against a violent criminal. Not only did those crime victims not get help, the local government and police escaped legal responsibility for failing to help those victims.

    This compact paperback reviews the law in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia and Canada, showing how statutes and court decisions consistently hold that the police generally have “no duty” to protect individual citizens. When it comes to personal self-defense, citizens are on their own.

    Highlighting the importance of preparing to protect oneself and family, the book also retells 45 stories about people who successfully defended themselves long before any police could help.

    Check the law of your state, and of the states where your loved ones live. If you are interested in public policy questions about government liability, gun control or victims’ rights, or if protecting yourself and your family is your worry, this book tells you what you need to know about whether you have any “right” to police protection.

    Certainly you will never look at your telephone the same way again.

  2. yadayada says:

    “People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”

    actually, people do have the right to take the law into their own hands. just not the way the media portrays that action. it’s called embracing the law. you may not necessarily dispense justice, but you should readily embrace many laws. if you see drug dealers on your steet corner and call the police, you have quite literally taken the law into your own hands. likewise if you file a tax return (let’s confound them with that one)….. Castle Doctrine is the law in Wisconsin. if you effectively apply it, you have taken that law into your hands.
    unfortunately we have allowed the libs too much room to define our language (pay your “fair” share, tax breaks for the wealthy) and they define it as vigilanteism.

    I like this Sheriff’s idea that citizens are allowed to help police. shameful that the mayor and union boss would criticize citizen involvement in helping a resouce strapped department. doubless their idea would be to raise taxes on the populace instead.

  3. canary says:

    GetBackJack, yadayada I agree. Is there some areas that there really is not a law to respond to 9/11 calls because there are areas in my state that are long jokes as to calling law enforcement.

    Whether it be a waste of time in waiting or areas police can’t drive in without being shot at.

    Friends in Milwaukee have told me all sorts of incompetence and lack of the Milwaukee law
    enforcement and officials doing nothing. There must be a real shortage.

    And with what we’ve seen from the uncivil behavior of union thugs, and lack of police to intervene, there is most likely a shortage. And then there are dirty cops who are in cahoots across the country with drug dealers.

    With the Obama administration and DHS demonizing former military and gun owners the local police should appreciate and trust the American people to exercise their rights and provide security in their homes and at their schools.

  4. casper mijacogeo says:

    I approve this message.

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