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Thread: Wisconsin Sheriff Urges Civilian Gun Training

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    Wisconsin Sheriff Urges Civilian Gun Training

    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."

    ..."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."...
    While I'm sure there's things he thinks about an armed population that I don't agree with, it is good to see more people in the Law Enforcement sector thinking this way and admitting that they can't be everywhere and that an armed populace isn't such a bad thing.

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    I think that democrats should not heed his sound advice ... don't worry democrats, I'm sure dialing 911 will be enough for you.

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    Why is it that sheriffs are "taking the lead" on this? It would be more effective if urban police chiefs would take the lead on this.
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    Re: Wisconsin Sheriff Urges Civilian Gun Training

    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Why is it that sheriffs are "taking the lead" on this? It would be more effective if urban police chiefs would take the lead on this.
    I can't speak for the country as a whole, but here in Milwaukee, our Sheriff holds an elected position, whereas the Police Chief is appointed by the Mayor.

    Philandering Ed Flynn, Milwaukee PD's Chief, has proven time and again he's all too willing to lick Mayor Tom Barrett's heels. Oh, and our Mayor is a proud member of Mayors Against Guns.

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