It’s hard to know whether Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke is seriously trying to get his citizens to arm themselves or just trying to call attention to cutbacks in his department, but his radio ad certainly has caused a stir in Wisconsin.
Here’s the ad:
“Apparently, Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie,” Jodie Tabak, Mayor Tom Barrett’s spokeswoman, said.
An anti-gun group says Clarke is promoting vigilantism. A pro-gun group tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Unless you can take care of yourself, you’re kind of SOL.”
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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