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Milwaukee police urge residents to arm themselves after law enforcement cuts

From Fox News.

Excerpt:

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.

“I need you in the game,” he says.

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”

[...]But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement “partners.” He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative.

“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.”

The mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, is against arming law-abiding citizens who want to prevent the redistribution of their wealth to criminals. He is a Democrat, so criminals are one of his main voting groups.

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5 Responses

  1. J.W. Wartick says:

    Yeah, heaven help us if good guys are armed. They might actually prevent crime or something. Armed people are always crazies that shoot up buildings. [/sarcasm]

  2. What most people don’t understand is that police officers don’t have greater rights or powers than the ordinary citizens. We, the people, have the right to defend ourselves. Police officers are simply hired by the people to be basically bodyguards for the people. We delegate our right to defend ourselves to someone who has been trained to protect others. The powers that police officers have are derived from the individual people they work for. So if police officers have the right to arrest and detain criminals, it is because the people (each one of them) also has that right (i.e. citizen’s arrest). If police officers have the right to kill someone who is endangering others, it is because each of the people also has that right. It’s not because police officers are special and have more rights. But, of course, the fact that I have hired someone to protect me does not limit or remove my right to protect myself – especially if no police officer is there to protect me at the time of need. I still have the right to defend myself by any means necessary.

  3. Robert says:

    Having 911 you have a chance, Having 911 and a gun then you have one more chance to survive. Prepare for the worst and Hope for the Best.

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