He’s still a politician looking for funding. The Sheriff’s “arm yourself” comment.

Sheriff David Clarke is one very wily dude.  Facing layoffs and furloughs caused by a shrinking budget, he pulls the old “you’ll miss us when we are gone.” routine, but with a twist.  He uses the hatred of guns against the liberals to secure the funding.

In the PSA, Sheriff David Clarke says, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”

 “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”

Sounds pretty straightforward and honest.  The police and sheriff’s deputies can’t arrive instantaneously to rescue citizens from every or even many violent crimes, and so it’s incumbent on people to learn to defense themselves.  The Fox affiliate leaves out a very important part of the PSA, though, which the Journal Sentinel at least mentions:

Clarke urges listeners to take a firearm safety course and handle a firearm “so you can defend yourself until we get there.”

Yes, instead of either cowering under the bed or buying a weapon and shooting wildly, Sheriff Clarke wants citizens to receive proper instruction in self-defense — which includes learning how to handle a weapon as well as the proper uses and legal limitations of self-defense.  These courses instill discipline and self-control, as well as prepare people for the unlikely-but-still-possible situation where they may be the only defense they have against a violent criminal.

Trust me when I say this guy is not telling the people they need to protect themselves with guns. If that were the case the PSA would have been long ago aired and run continuously.  The average response time for a police department (and longer for a Sheriff’s Office) is six minutes.  That is a LONG time to fend off an attack. What I said at Hotair sums it up.

I don’t know this guy’s history. BUUUTTT I will remind you before you get excited of what he said.

1. Unlike before, you waiting for us to get to you is not your best option.  Which translated means he believed waiting WAS your best option before.

2. Before what?  Ahhhh, layoffs and furloughs.  So is the sheriff, a public official in charge of a growing bureaucracy that is under funding fire doing what they do best and complain?  Is he trying to remind people just how important sheriffs are?  Kind of like how Headstart claims they are irreplaceable, the Department of education, the EPA?

3. I’ve seen a variation of this before with my own department.  We’ve actually told citizens to get ready because we were not going to be there. It scared the people, who in turn bitched at the politicians who miraculously “found” the funding for our people.

4. And lastly, jumping on the liberal hatred for guns and their control over the budget is brilliant.  He is saying to them. “Fund us or arm them!”

God love a politician with a gun!

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