Police Layoffs In Milwaukee: County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Tells Residents to Take Gun Safety Training

dcjA sheriff in Wisconsin has raised some eyebrows with a blunt radio ad that advises residents to receive gun safety training if they choose to own a firearm.

In the ad, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says, “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?”

His message was not well received by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), who said apparently Clarke “is auditioning for the next ‘Dirty Harry’ movie.” Barrett called it “troubling” that Clarke sounded like he was dissuading people from calling 911, saying he wants people to call 911 in an emergency. He said Clarke succeeded in his goal of “getting a lot of attention and publicity.”

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