Low-Information America Trusts Barack Obama to Run Things He Has No Clue About
A Milwaukee sheriff, David Clarke Jr., who’s African-American, released a radio ad urging Milwaukee area residents to learn how to handle firearms so that they can defend themselves while waiting for police. He said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks would change the way police can respond to crime. So he put together a 30-second PSA saying personal safety is “no longer a spectator sport.”
He said in the PSA: “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.”
As you can imagine, there are people up in arms over this.
“The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism. ‘That doesn’t sound too smart,’ Felber said. ‘People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.'”
What law are they taking into their own hands here, Mr. Felber? “Under Wisconsin’s ‘castle doctrine,’ someone who uses deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted reasonably.” And so what the caller was saying, “Who would I rather listen to, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, who happens to be African-American, or the president of the United States? Who would I rather listen to on what I should do to stay safe?” And that’s why I started talking about, well, some people think that Barack Obama, who’s never done anything but community organize, knows everything about health care, and nobody else knows anything. Only Obama knows about health care. Only Obama knows about health insurance. Only Obama knows about Big Oil and gasoline. And only Obama knows about windmills and solar panels. And only Obama knows about the military.