Skip to comments.Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Encourages Gun Ownership, Now Under Attack by County Board
Posted on 06/18/2013 7:19:41 AM PDT by marktwain
Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)- This past spring, many of you may have heard of, or viewed news reports pertaining to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarkes public service announcements that made national news.
Sheriff Clarke has, in the past, gone to radio advertising to make public service announcements about drunk driving, distracted driving and other issues.
With this most recent public service ad campaign the Sheriff took on the important topic of self-defense. You can hear his public service announcement that went viral here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8TCx-sM1vw
In what can only be taken as discrimination against the 2nd amendment and the right to self-defense, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has introduced, and passed out of committee, an ordinance that would prohibit Sheriff Clarke from appearing in any future public service announcements.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander from the 18th district even issued a press release exposing they hypocrisy of the rest of the board: http://tiny.cc/gveuyw
It is notable that the Board of Supervisors never felt compelled to silence Sheriff Clarke when, in the interest of public safety, he made radio advertisements about drunk-driving or distracted driving. Now that he dared speak in support of our right to self-defense, he has come under attack and some on the County Board are trying to silence him.
Today we ask that you take the time to stand for Sheriff Clarke, who had the courage to take the message of self-defense and personal protection to the airwaves knowing he would face attack from the anti-gun media and anti-gun politicians.
Whether or not you are a Milwaukee County resident, PLEASE take this opportunity to make contact with as many of the Milwaukee County Board members as you can and express your SUPPORT for Sheriff Clarke. Ask the Milwaukee County Board Supervisors to REJECT the resolution that would prohibit Sheriff Clarke from appearing in public service announcements.
The following link will take you to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors home page where you can access each supervisors email and phone numbers.
The resolution to silence Sheriff David Clarke was passed on a close 4 3 vote last Thursday. THE FULL COUNTY BOARD will vote on the resolution THIS THURSDAY June 20th. Please, use the link above to contact Milwaukee County Supervisors.
Please also share this message with friends and family who support the 2nd amendment and the right to self-defense.
If you participate on any gun-rights/2nd amendment related facebook groups and/or internet forums, please share this message there as well. We have 3 days to overwhelm the Milwaukee County board with contact from we the people and let them know that we support Sheriff Clarke for being willing to advocate for self-defense on the local radio-waves.
Carry On,Nik Clark
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Wow this sounds like we may have another Sheriff Joe on our hands..cool =)
I thought maybe you meant “shtup.”
There would be major 1st amendment legal issues with such an ordinance.
the sheriff can go outside of Milwaukee and make his PSAs. Milwaukee ordinances are only good in Milwaukee.
I believe so. There are also protections for the Sheriff under Wisconsin law. He is an elected official, not an employee of the County Board.
In the eyes of the county board it was a major shtup up by the sheriff.
Perhaps the ordinance merely prohibits county funds from being used for any PSA commercial in which the Sherrif appears.
“I am not sure that they have this authority.”
Probably not but Obama has the NSA on speed dial and if
they don’t shut Clarke down they may be outed or audited.
Obama is the fishes head of a rotting federal government and
their is no telling how far the stench goes. Everything is
suspect, nothing and no one can be trusted. They are either
in on it or compromised. The citizens have been blanket
mirandized, anything you say, do, go, buy, etc will be used
against you in the court of public opinion by the government
or state controlled media.
Reminds me of the story of the Greek man who was revered in his town because he knew ONE word that had been spoken to him by an American tourist, even though he did not know the meaning of the word.
The word was ...”Sha-tap”.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke under fire from County Board for remarks on “Concealed Carry”
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
When the 1st Amendment is gone, the 2nd becomes the 1st.
But the 1st is gone. So the 3rd becomes the 1st ... but the 1st is gone ... etc.
The ordinance prohibits use of county funds for purchasing air time for paid public service announcements. The sheriff is free to say what he wants, as long as he doesn't use county funds to buy the time with.
I think the Sheriff erred by not fleshing this out with more than just a PSA. That is, he should have created a low- or no-cost outreach from his office to members of the public, so there would be a visible metric to how the idea was working. And obvious support for it to continue.
For low cost ideas, he could arrange for deputies to be available at public event gun training, at shooting ranges when they were doing their routine gun qualifications. And the deputies could be evaluated for their weapons teaching skills at the same time. Even demonstrating how to properly clean and maintain guns. Then the public could train at the range on their own, after paying the range fee.
Likewise, he could produce pamphlets for the public with general information about gun laws and proper use, which should easily fit in his public information budget. And each pamphlet could include a mail-in postcard to register for gun training seminars, and other public safety freebies.
Wisconsin has had problems in the past with groups claiming to be posse comitatus organizations; and by Wisconsin law, the Sheriffs are the only head of the legal posse comitatus in their county. So while he could create a posse of citizens of good character, he should call it something else.
I know one sheriff who will win re-election.
As goes the 2nd so goes the rest.
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