Creepy Gun Loon Message Du Jour

This pants-wetting PSA from Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is so over the top, I thought it was a parody. But according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s not. Give it a listen:

Here’s the transcript:

I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal: your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game. But are you ready?

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, 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?

This safely message brought to you by The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office.

Jesus. Enough with the fearmongering, already. I’m so over this “oooh the bogeyman is coming for your flat-screen TV” BS. As the Times notes, for context:

Crime is relatively rare in Clarke’s jurisdiction: In 2010, the Sheriff’s Department reported two burglaries, nine robberies and zero murders. (Preliminary data from 2012 were not available, and it’s not clear if the department submitted its crime statistics to the FBI for 2011.)

Also rare are justifiable homicides in the U.S.: About 260 private citizens lawfully killed someone committing a felony in 2011, or less than one case per every 1 million people in the nation.

Yes, but Sheriff Clarke needs you in the game! Are ya ready, Wolverines? Don’t let this patriot down!

/sarcasm

What is the deal with Milwaukee County, btw? I’m remembering that this is the part of Wisconsin which gave us Scott Walker.

(h/t, Blogging Blue)

[UPDATE]:

Spied this excellent point about the whole “I need you in the game, are you ready” nonsense:

“A society that is relying on guys with guns to stop violence is a sign of a society where institutions have broken down,” said Rebecca Peters, former director of the International Action Network on Small Arms. “It’s shocking to hear anyone in the United States considering a solution that would make it seem more like Colombia.”

Not so shocking, really. There’s a reason we call them “Banana Republicans” (though Clarke is reportedly to be, at least nominally, a Democrat — at least, the gun loons all refer to him as a “Democrat sheriff,” though I don’t know the source of that information). Increasingly it appears the conservative wet dream for America is one reminiscent of a Hollywood vision of Bolivia or Central America: banditos lurking behind every shrub, and everyone is in it for themselves.

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11 responses to “Creepy Gun Loon Message Du Jour

  1. chrome agnomen

    this has got to be a spoof. ‘i’m carrying the biggest one in the county’?

  2. Mary Wilson

    But have you all noticed that it is the bat crap rural ‘law enforcement’ idiots that try to keep us all afraid? Not ONE Police Chief in any major city talks this way. THEY are the ones who have to deal with the constant shootings by deranged domestic partners, gangland shooting, mass murderers. They have to visit the families to annouce all these deaths. Rural law enforcement is basically a joke. This fool probably runs a ‘gun safety school’ and will benefit from it.

    • Not ONE Police Chief in any major city talks this way.

      Really good point. And of course, I don’t know about Milwaukee County, how it differs from Milwaukee the city, which in my mind I associate with breweries and blue collar jobs. I’ve only been to Wisconsin once, and I don’t think Milwaukee was on the itinerary. We hit Madison and LaCrosse.

      • Bob

        I looked up Milwaukee County.

        “Milwaukee County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The county’s population is estimated at 952,532 (2011). Its county seat is Milwaukee.[1″

        We should probably say not one other sheriff is encouraging this kind of stupidity. It looks like he is inventing a problem so he can pretend he has a solution.

      • We should probably say not one other sheriff is encouraging this kind of stupidity

        I dunno, you check into what Sheriff Joe Arpaio has said on this topic? :-)

  3. democommie

    “This fool probably runs a ‘gun safety school’ and will benefit from it.”

    No, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    He’s not running the course. It’s his cousin, Bernie who can’t get no reg’lar work since the meth dealin’ conviction (2 years probation, cuz, well, the shurf, y’know…) and, ‘sides, his double-wide got blowed to hell when the ether tanks went and he’s gotta stay up to the motel by the waffle house.

    They are cretins.

  4. jimvoorhies

    Uh, that would be Du Month, I hope because it would be hard to get much creepier.

  5. Like the analogy between a lawless society and advocacy for guns everywhere.

  6. It does sound like a joke……. it isn’t ? =_=”