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!
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)
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.