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‘I Need You in the Game’: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves
January 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM


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‘I Need You in the Game’: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves

I Need You in the Game: Wis. Sheriff Tells Residents to Learn How to Use a Gun to Defend Themselves

n this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke talks during a budget hearing in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin sheriff said he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn’t always the best option. (AP)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has a message for residents: learn how to use a gun.

With budget cutbacks putting a strain on law enforcement, simply calling 911 might not cut it in a life-or-death or situation, Clarke said in a new radio ad this month. Safety is “no longer a spectator sport,” he says. “I need you in the game.”

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clark adds. “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?” he asks.

The spot has quickly earned criticism, including from the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association president Roy Felber told the Associated Press it sounds like a call to vigilantism, while Barrett’s spokeswoman said it sounded like Clarke was “auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”


But Clarke told the AP he simply wants people to know what their options are in protecting themselves.

“I’m not telling you to `Hey, pick up a gun and blast away,’” he said. “People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method – to defend themselves.”

He said self-defense may not be for everyone, but that people who want to know how should be trained properly. After budget cuts forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year, he realized he had an “untapped reserve” — the public.

“People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of law enforcement,” Clarke said. “I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression.”

James Fendry, director of the Wisconsin Pro Gun Movement, praised the ad, telling Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s never been a great option (calling 911). Unless you can take care of yourself, you’re kind of SOL.”

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  • JCB911
    by JCB911
    January 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    We love Sheriff David Clarke!!

  • candlegal
    January 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I can see why.

    Quoting JCB911:

    We love Sheriff David Clarke!!


  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    January 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

     "I need you in the GAME"???

    This is NOT a game. Guns and killing people is not a game.The guy is an airhead.

  • jllcali
    by jllcali
    January 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM
    I think he was meaning everyone should take a pro active role in defending themselves, because even in the best areas, cops can't be everywhere at all times.

    I don't think guns are toys either.


    Quoting lga1965:

     "I need you in the GAME"???


    This is NOT a game. Guns and killing people is not a game.The guy is an airhead.

  • candlegal
    January 27, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Whatever he meant, he is right.   We all need to be in the game.

    Quoting jllcali:

    I think he was meaning everyone should take a pro active role in defending themselves, because even in the best areas, cops can't be everywhere at all times.

    I don't think guns are toys either.


    Quoting lga1965:

     "I need you in the GAME"???


    This is NOT a game. Guns and killing people is not a game.The guy is an airhead.


  • Bieg9093
    January 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

     Very interesting.  He's stumbled across a lovely win-win with this.  I'm sure the citizens and criminals of Milwalkee already were quite aware of having 48 less deputies on the job.  But this ad brings nationwide attention that may put enough pressure on the beancounters to give back a hearty portion of lost resources.

    And, while I suspect this ad in itself might only cause a small number of citizens to arm themselves, it will cause the bad guys to believe that more citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.  That right there is a really good crime deterrant.  Criminals aren't afraid of people calling 911; they tend to be quite afraid of an actual confrontation.

    I'm sure any accidental shootings in Milwalkee will be national news for awhile.  But I'd bet anybody who has a gun accident would have had one regardless of the sherrif's ad.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    January 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

     Oh yes, of course, what we need is MORE guns. Uh huh.

    eye rolling

  • dustinsmom1
    January 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

     Good! I think the people should be educated and armed!!

  • Woodbabe
    January 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    If you can protect your family with a baseball bat against an armed intruder, by all means do it. He's endorsing people taking charge of their own protection instead of depending on the govt. to do it for them. 

    Quoting lga1965:

     Oh yes, of course, what we need is MORE guns. Uh huh.

    eye rolling


  • mandaday
    January 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM
    My weapon of choice is the bow and arrow. My husband jokes that if someone breaks into our house and finds themselves confronted by a little redhead taking aim at them, they may freak out thinking they had stumbled into a Disney movie.


    Quoting Woodbabe:

    If you can protect your family with a baseball bat against an armed intruder, by all means do it. He's endorsing people taking charge of their own protection instead of depending on the govt. to do it for them. 

    Quoting lga1965:

     Oh yes, of course, what we need is MORE guns. Uh huh.


    eye rolling


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