Milwaukee area Sheriff David Clarke released a public service announcement urging citizens to seek firearm training and fight back against the criminal elements that seek to do them harm.
In the PSA, Sheriff Clarke cites recent police cutbacks and layoffs, along with mentioning prolonged police arrival times and that calling 911 might not be in your best interest initially. Sheriff Clarke encourages his constituents to “be prepared”, and candidly states that their safety is no longer a spectator sport; he needs them in the game alongside his deputies.
“…your safety — it’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game.”
He goes on to offer three choices for would-be victims: beg for mercy from violent criminals, hide under the bed, or fight back!
“It’s your duty to protect yourself and your family,” he says. “We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”
Sheriff Clarke has been receiving an onslaught of complaints and calls for his resignation from various groups, along with the President of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Roy Felber, suggesting the public service announcement is more closely aligned to a call for vigilantism.
What do you think? Should citizens simply call police during a home invasion and hope for the best? Or should we all grow some intestinal fortitude and step up to the plate in order to defend not only our own lives, but those of friends and family?
Most of us own fire extinguishers in order to combat fires in our homes while waiting on the fire department to arrive. Why not learn to use a firearm or other tool for use in combat against intruders in our homes while waiting on the police department to arrive?
“That doesn’t sound too smart,” Felber said. “People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Under Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” someone who uses deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted reasonably. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of this week, there are about 155,000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke said he just wants people to know what their options are. While self-defense isn’t for everyone, some people see personal safety as their own responsibility, he said, and they should be trained properly.
“I’m not telling you to `Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ … People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method — to defend themselves,” he said.
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