In my post Ad: Hey kids! “Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!” I included this story:
Before Calling 911, Sheriff Tells Residents To Get ‘In The Game’ With A Gun. Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke:
It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? [...]
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?
As you can see, Clarke is the same sheriff who made a fool of himself in the video above. Which he did over and over again whenever Piers Morgan gave him the opportunity. Which was often.
He’s also the same sheriff whose scary, fear-mongery pro-gun radio ads (referred to as “safety messages” in his video) will be paid by taxpayers.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has been showered with free media time, including four appearances on two national cable TV outlets, to espouse his support for citizens arming themselves for self-protection.
But the local radio ads that launched the whirlwind of attention for Clarke were paid spots that will be billed to taxpayers through the sheriff’s county budget, Clarke said Friday.
Clarke calls that “crime prevention.” Or as I like to call it, negligence waiting to happen.
Here’s one of his “safety messages”:
Yes, families should consider getting gun training “so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
Say it with me, kiddies, the family that aims together, maims together.
Critics have said the ads discourage people from using 911 and instead promote gun proliferation. [...]
In an email, Clarke said his paid radio spots were not gun ads, but public safety announcements.
Supervisor John Weishan Jr. said the sheriff’s ads did not qualify as something that promotes general welfare and safety and were an inappropriate use of public money.
“There is a way to do public service announcements to promote public safety,” Weishan said. “This has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with self-promotion.“
Gee, ya think? And all at the taxpayers’ expense. A twofer!