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Sheriff Uses Radio Ad To Push Gun Safety


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is drawing criticism for a radio ad encouraging residents to get gun training to protect themselves. Forty-eight deputies have been laid off due to budget cuts. He says the cuts have changed the way police respond to crime. In the ad, Clarke says, “I need you in the game."

Here's more from the ad. "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 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. Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.” More on the controversy here at the Duluth News Tribune. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's office released a statement criticizing the ad: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”