Defending yourself from pandering
By now you probably have heard Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s “public service announcement” advising the public to take up arms against an army of home intruders. Clarke says this is necessary because of officers going through layoffs and furloughs. “…simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”
“Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
Okay, but the only layoffs and furloughs are in Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department, the “we” he mentions. Unlike other sheriff departments around the state, Clarke’s department doesn’t respond to 911 calls for home invasions. Local police departments are responsible for those calls. Clarke’s department is responsible for responding to calls in county parks, on the freeways, and running the county jail.
Clarke is right about one thing. If you’re hiding under the bed expecting the county sheriff to show up, you will be waiting a long time.
This is about Clarke’s complaints about his budget, and he’s pandering to gun rights advocates to support him. Clarke is playing them for suckers and unfortunately a lot of them are falling for it.
Conservatives should be angry at Clarke for using taxpayer money for blatant political dishonesty instead of praising him for supporting gun owners. He may be right that you’re better off being prepared to defend yourself instead of waiting for law enforcement to arrive, but it has nothing to do with the layoffs and furloughs to his department.