The following is part of a larger beef between a sheriff and a mayor, and between a sheriff’s department and a state government, but the principle he espouses is a sound one, for all that.
In the aftermath of personnel cutbacks driven at least in part by recent changes in state law effected by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and the Republican led state house, and against the backdrop of a personal animus felt toward him by the city of Milwaukee’s Mayor, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr has some advice for those he’s sworn to serve and protect.
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.
You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now.
The only disagreement I have with him is in that last bit: “We’re partners now.” In fact, we’ve always been partners with our sheriffs and police, and with all of our first responders. The duty of which he speaks is older than the concept of government—it’s at the foundation of any social compact: we come together to form a government to help us satisfy our duty of protection. But that duty to do so existed prior in order to be the motive.
This cop is taking a lot of heat, all of it unfairly because he’s simply stating a truth.
When the bad man comes, and seconds count, the police will be only minutes away.