Milwaukee Sheriff Says Arm Yourself to Stay Safe
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CREATED Jan. 28, 2013
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN – A Wisconsin sheriff is urging people to get a gun to protect themselves at home.
In a radio ad, the Milwaukee County Sheriff tells people they need to take precautions and fight back against crimes until police arrive.
It's a controversial message that's gaining national attention.
Sheriff David Clarke appeared on CNN this morning, talking about his latest radio ad, in which he calls on people to arm themselves, because he perceives calling 9-1-1 is not an option in certain situations.
"Once the wolf is at the door, once the intruder is inside the home, once you're on the street and someone sticks a gun in your face to take your car or your wallet, you don't have the option of calling 9-1-1," uttered Clarke on CNN.
But not everyone in Northeast Wisconsin agrees with his recommendations.
“That's fear, that's straight up going to make people panic,” said Dean Otten of Green Bay.
Brown County Sheriff, John Gossage said the ad has the right meaning.
“He was right on the mark with his message, a little theatrical, but it served a point,” said Sheriff Gossage.
Gossage agreed that people need to be prepared because police can't be everywhere.
“You always have to make sure you have some sort of plan, whether it's an ambush type situation, always have a plan to react,” said Sheriff Gossage.
But some living in Green Bay say the ad isn’t the right way to go.
“That would encourage more people to arm themselves, including some people that probably shouldn't,” said Steve Farrell of Green Bay.
“I think it's going to promote a shoot first, think later kind of atmosphere,” said Sandy Blakley.
After the CNN interview, Clarke said he does not want citizens to go out and enforce the law.