Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says simply calling 911 won't do, asks residents to get guns [AUDIO]

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Sheriff Clarke says he can't do the job he was elected to do, so residents should arm themselves instead.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is raising eyebrows with a new radio spot in which he tells residents "simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option" and asks them to "consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there."

SEE ALSO: Guns make you safer? Minneapolis gun permit holder robbed with own pistol

Wild Weird Wisconsin, indeed.

Here's a transcript of the radio spot, followed by the audio:
I'm Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal -- your safety. It's no longer a spectator sport, I need you in the game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. 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?

[Narrator] This safety message brought to you by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.


Arguments about whether guns make private citizens safer in the first place aside, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele told WISN TV that he has no idea what Clarke is talking about when he speaks of layoffs and furloughs.

The sheriff's department has "great leadership, and they're very effective, and I don't think creating the impression that there is less safety than is actually the case is ever good public policy," Abele said.

A spokesman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, "Apparently, Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie." And Clarke's message was even panned by Rob Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, who said: "That doesn't sound smart. That's why society has police officers."

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, this isn't the first time in recent months Clarke has created controversy with his mouth -- like Andy Parrish, he called for schools to arm teachers in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.


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Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

In a 2005 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the police have "no duty to protect a person from harm." There are, no doubt, LEOs that will bend over backward to help, protect, defend, etc. But the reality is that "you" will be your own first responder if you find yourself in a potential "victim" situation. What's your plan? At best, the police will always be the "second responder," in time to write the report. All due respect to our friends and acquaintances who are LEOs, you put your lives on the line every day, and we appreciate that. People get into situations and can't get out I agree, But some times people continue to get into the same situation and think the police should get them out!! NOPE not true any more, think before you make a choice!!!

keny1
keny1

@Princess D Finkelson In the U.S., the average response time of a 911 call in 23 minutes.  Your Glock's response time is 1400 feet/second.

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