A Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sheriff, David Clarke Jr. urged Milwaukee-area residents in a 30-second radio ad on Friday to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves because his office may not be able to respond due to budget cuts. However, Clarke’s radio ad did not sit well today with Tom Barrett, Milwaukee’s Mayor.
Sheriff David Clarke Jr. stated that his department’s budget cuts have hurt officer’s ability to respond and that citizens need to do what is needed to protect themselves and their family.
The Mayor’s office released a statement saying, “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”
Clarke told Fox News, "My job is to protect the public."
In the public safety radio ad, Sheriff David Clarke said, “I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It is no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 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?”
Sheriff Clarke has received numerous comments supporting the sheriff’s statements on the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
“It's great to see an elected law enforcement official support the right and duty of law abiding citizens to protect themselves. I wish more of your kind were out there speaking up and urging responsible people to take a stake in their own protection,” said a supporter.
While supporters are numerous, it did not take long for some liberals to criticize the sheriff, oblivious to the budget constraints counties nationwide are experiencing.
Stephanie Walters, said, “No, sheriff Clarke, I will not be taking firearms safety courses. Just what we need in our community, more people carrying guns. This isn't the Wild West. Are you saying we can't depend on you to provide public safety? Shame on you, then! You are certainly paid enough to do so!”
Sheriff Clarke spoke on Fox News- Fox & Friends this morning about his personal safety message.