Cops and the Politics of Guns

What do you think of this pro-gun radio ad? [1]

I need you in the game. 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.

As one might expect, response to the ad was swift and vehement. But what is remarkable is that the ad was not produced by the NRA, but by Milwaukee County (Wisconsin, the home of Progressivism) Sheriff David Clarke Jr.:

“People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of law enforcement,” Clarke said. “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.”

“After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking `Hey, I’ve got an untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public,’” Clarke said.

Jeri Bonavia, who is the executive director of “Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort,” believes Clark’s ad is dangerous. She compared Clarke’s ad to the Trayvon Martin case, which is confusing (Clarke happens to be black). She also wants Clarke to apologize:

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