January 28th, 2013

Sheriff Urges Citizen Firearm Defense: “We’re Partners Now”


This article was written by Amanda Warren and originally published at Activist Post

“…your safety — it’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game. But are you ready?”

A public service radio announcement from Sheriff David Clarke encourages Milwaukee citizens to consider getting certified safety training for handling firearms to protect themselves. He reminds them that with police force cutbacks and furloughs, police arrival time has changed and waiting for police after calling 911 is not the best option. He gives three options – begging for mercy from criminals, hiding under the bed, or fight back.

But are you prepared?

“It’s your duty to protect yourself and your family,” he says. He sends both the personal responsibility and power back to the people. “We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”


The ad drew sharp flak and calls for resignation from anti-violence groups (so they want to protect criminal violence?), other officials and even Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff’s Association said it sounded like a call to vigilantism. Seriously?

When a criminal busts into your home armed to do harm, is protecting your family the same as what Charles Bronson did in Death Wish?

Then Felber said:

That doesn’t sound too smart. People have the right to defend themselves but they do not have the right to take the law into their own hands.

Translation: people should not take responsibility for their own protection, they do not have a right to defend themselves. Calling self-defense the same as taking the law into our own hands doesn’t seem logical.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a sarcastic critical statement saying that Clarke must be trying to audition for the next Dirty Harry movie. Ironically, the mayor was beaten with a tire iron several years ago, but Dirty Harry, or John McClane (still in Die Hard sequels) was not there to save him.

Clarke wanted people to know their options; and there is already a Castle Doctrine in Wisconsin that upholds  self defense from home, car and business intruders. What seems like common sense to many, the interviews and so-called controversy compelled Clarke to clarify, ”I’m not telling you to ‘Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ … People need to know what they are doing if they choose that method — to defend themselves.”

Having to lay off 48 deputies caused him to rethink responsibility and the increasing burden on the county’s law enforcement. He wants law enforcement to be seen realistically as help to those who are already taking responsibility for their safety. He says: “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 public is his untapped reserve.

Other officers claim there are lower crime rates, no layoffs, and they feel that the message makes the public fearful that there is a cop shortage. The mayor wants more money to hire more law enforcement. Even Sheriff Clarke’s spokesperson claimed he never promoted buying guns in the ad and said the “Department of Homeland Security advises that in an active shooter environment, victims should run, hide, or, if those options don’t exist, they should fight – aggressively.” While opponents claim public fear-rousing, it appears Clarke intended to empower citizens.

The ad has also resonated positively with a lot of people – maybe that’s because of the increasing number of sheriffs stepping up to serve and protect the Constitution and the People. More are reaching out to their local sheriffs to encourage them as our last line of defense against tyranny. Instead of leaving us wondering if we can count on him; Sheriff David Clarke has made the first move reaching out to let us know we’re partners now – can he count on us?

Text from Clarke’s message:

I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 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; 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?

Email him your support:  sheriff@milwcnty.com

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8 Responses to “Sheriff Urges Citizen Firearm Defense: “We’re Partners Now””

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    Cal Says:

    He is correct.

    One of the ways he can look into supplementing police force cutbacks and furloughs, is working with and training his local militia to be used when needed.

    The militia has historically been used to assist Sheriffs and law enforcement in their duty here in the USA. It fell out of “favor”, but is a good choice for todays cutbacks. If the LEO’s get to know their local militia, train with them, they learn to work together. This also lets those in the militia learn what the Sheriff expects of the them.

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    Deborah Says:

    Good news! Speaking out. While I am thinking about it there just has to be wealthy conservative or group of them that can start their own t.v. channel and reverse this damage that has taken place over the past few decades by educating the people in America especially the young people of today and the children by programming with American history, patriotism, news etc,on and on, fight back meet fire with fire. Personally I’m dreading having to skip over the ALjazera channel and have to hear that gargling. Pray also.

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    Corey Rodgers Says:

    i am so happy and proud of this Sheriff. if he’s not already on oathkeepers i hope someone tells him about this place.

    what he’s said about the public defending themself though is not at all a new concept as you all reading here know,
    but i think him speaking up about this now is very helpful for both personal defense from thugs as well as getting these people thinking about why the 2A exists. like me for instance i learned of the NRA about age 7 (early 1970s) and thought it sounded like the right idea, but i didn’t even then understand about the tyranny part – i only understood and thought about the personal defense from local criminals part. Getting people realizing the importance, value, responsibility, and empowerment, of being armed against local criminals, will very often lead them to then learn about the 2A and tyranny, and how Americans enjoy the 2A while so many other countries have now been disarmed (UK, Australia, etc. to name a few that are still only recent disarmaments).

    I applaud this Sheriff, someone please tell him to check this site out if he’s not already here.
    I just recently contacted my own Sheriff pointing them to this site and asking their stance.

    sadly the 2 negatives:
    Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff’s Association
    Mayor Tom Barrett
    oathBREAKERS both of them!

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    Kenneth Says:

    Here relying on the people of the local town to help the Sheriffs dept. is a daily thing. What this Man is talking about is a very regular thing within my state(New Mexico). Illegals dont take this state over, and it is because every one of their criminal asses would be shot or arrested if they try something stupid.

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    Sammy Jar Says:

    I agree with the comments made by Cal previously. I think it’s a good idea for all Constitutional Sheriffs to work with their local militia. It’s something the community should bring up with their Sheriff, or vice versa. I think it should be discussed in all counties around the nation who have elected a Patriot for Sheriff. I think most counties would be able to get this done.

    Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officer Association – http://www.CSPOA.org

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    Darin Says:

    Sheriff Clarke, you are a 100% Badass Sir. I wish we had a Sheriff like you here in Cuyahoga County,Cleveland Ohio. Bob Reid,our Sheriff, was just asked to resign…..not sure what thats about. I tried contacting him and sharing info with him recently before this,about OathKeepers and gun registration, but no response. and now he’s asked to resign. I dont like the look of this, there is no explanation as to why. Cuyahoga is a big county, we need a Constitutional Sheriff here to take the reigns. Im worried that this maybe a ploy to put off a stance by a Sheriff here till its all over…… Concerned but prepared. -Darin

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    Darin Bowers, USAF 93-97, 561st Fighter Sq. Says:

    PS- Sheriff Clarke, i was so angry to see how Piers Morgan treated you on his show, nothing new there. If he doesnt like your answer or if you start to sound like a free man speaking truth, he interrupts you and tries to beat you up verbally. Peirs Morgan is a worthless, willfully ignorant piece of garbage, and has no concept of our Constitutional Republic, or the fact that our 2nd Amendment was written to protect us from people…..exactly like him…..from HIS country…..King George and his minions. I served with the British in Incirlik Turkey, during the first Gulf War era, and i can tell you enthusiastically, that the British are fighters and good men, they are fighters and drinkers :) My guess is, they hate Piers almost as much as we do, and would probably throw him out of their country if he ever decided to return. Why the Brits ever gave up their gun rights is sooo puzzling to me, they are way tougher than that. Piers is disingenuous, dishonest and a coward. He brings victims on, disguised as guests and then begins his verbal assault on them. He is the lowest form of “news” program. He is the equivalent of Goebbels propaganda ministry, along with MSNBC and their blatant lies and deception with Lawrence Odonell, and many more. You did a great job standing up to him and the mayor, thank you for your courage Sheriff Clarke, your are now amoung our modern day hero’s. I salute you Sir. -Darin

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    Back to the Constitution Says:

    God Bless this Sheriff!

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