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Wisconsin sheriff says he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option.In the ad, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. tells residents that when it comes to personal safety: "I need you in the game." He urges citizens to learn to use firearms so they can "fight back" until authorities arrive.
The ad has drawn sharp criticism from other area officials. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Roy Felber, says it sounds like a call to vigilantism.
But Clarke says he can either whine about budget cuts that have reduced the number of deputies or call on citizens to work with officers in some situations.
 

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Wisconsin sheriff says he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option.In the ad, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. tells residents that when it comes to personal safety: "I need you in the game." He urges citizens to learn to use firearms so they can "fight back" until authorities arrive.
The ad has drawn sharp criticism from other area officials. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Roy Felber, says it sounds like a call to vigilantism.
But Clarke says he can either whine about budget cuts that have reduced the number of deputies or call on citizens to work with officers in some situations.
So what does Mr. Felber recommend? After you call 9-1-1 and while waiting for a LEO to arrive you invite the intruder to sit down for a cup of coffee and try to figure out how society failed him?
 

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Evening local news on KRTV, Great Falls Montana, reported that 5 county sheriffs in Montana have stated their intension to not administer the new laws being discussed.
 

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Vigilantism? Bullcaca!
That's nowhere near the definition of the word.

Protecting your self/home/property is a defensive act.
 
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If you want to know what vigilantism is talk to this man.

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First off, you wouldn`t have to tell me twice, and second, that has been my game plan from the start! It`s good to see and hear that there are people in a possition of authority with common sense.:shooter:
 

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It's good to see some common sense in this world nowdays. In my opinion LEOs have an impossible job today. They are understaffed/underfunded. That said, it is up to us to protect our families and ourselves. LE will clean up the mess.
 

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He can count my household in.
 

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If you want to know what vigilantism is talk to this man.

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Might need to go through an intermediary though - maybe that Lisa Williams from the TV? Seriously, this dude can really be tough to get a hold of . . .

In the mean time, I will dial 1911, the long distance version of 911. Response time measured in milliseconds . . . . .
 
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Yeah - this guy tells it straight - has been forced to lay off staff and may be at odds with the mayor but does not give a shit - check the video on Ricochet Rabbit's post. If it's the one I saw earlier it ROCKS!
 

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Might need to go through an intermediary though - maybe that Lisa Williams from the TV? Seriously, this dude can really be tough to get a hold of . . .

In the mean time, I will dial 1911, the long distance version of 911. Response time measured in milliseconds . . . . .
True enough...but his spirit is with us. Vigilante justice often gets a bad wrap. My understanding of its roots based on communal response to lack of legitimate authority being present. Community "policing" without the formal structure being present or effective.
 
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