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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

Listen and react to Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s call to arms


Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. posted an audio message on the Sheriff Department's section of the County's website on Friday. The same audio ran as a radio ad yesterday.

Clarke urges residents to take a "certified safety course" for firearms after proclaiming that personal safety "is no longer spectator sport" and that he "need(s) you in the game."

Listen to the spot and react.



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jimmythepatriot | Jan. 27, 2013 at 5:43 p.m. (report)

I admire Sheriff Clarke's courage to speak the truth. Don't let the idiots get you down Sheriff Clarke. The fact is that there are evil people who intend harm to others. The police and sheriff's dept. are not able to respond quickly enough to save you from an attack. Those who think that the government is the answer to an attack from an evil person, are soon to be gone.....I think it's called "natural selection"...... Sheriff Clarke is correct to point out that responsibly arming yourself is one option.....not the only option, but just one important alternative to kneeling and pleading for mercy from a crazy person.

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milvtecguy | Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. (report)

The Sheriff is correct in that you can not always rely on the law enforcement agencies for your safety. It is common sense that you need to protect yourself first. That does not only mean a firearm, but use common sense when you are walking down the street, or the areas that you go. With that said, there isn't going to be a cop right there every time a person gets into a bad spot, and if you feel that you can responsibly use a firearm to protect your self you should. I live in Milwaukee, and I know for a fact the response time can be a joke. I called 911 one night because a woman was on the ground being beat punched by a man. I explained this to the dispatcher, but it was still around 20 minutes until anyone arrived. Luckily I live in a neighborhood where things like that are very much out of the ordinary, but I feel for those that don't, and they should be sensible and trained enough to defend themselves if they want to take on that responsibility.

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hardgeminiguy | Jan. 26, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. (report)

another excelent reason clark should not have been re-elected--a very bad thinking sheriff for milwaukee

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Tonyspamoni | Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:57 p.m. (report)

I am outraged by this ad. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's office does not respond to 911 calls. Local police departments do this. The cuts to Clarke's budget don't affect the safety of individuals in their homes. If this was actually paid for by the Sheriff's department - I couldn't find it on their website - it is probably an illegal use of public funding. He is sending the message that Milwaukee County is unsafe, and that the citizens need to arm themselves to be safe. We don't live in the Wild west. If you want to campaign for some higher office, Mr Clarke, do it with your own money.

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TosaJim | Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:25 p.m. (report)

Clarke should move to Texas....they'd love him there.

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