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WI sheriff defends controversial radio ad

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is defending a controversial radio ad calling on citizens to learn to handle a gun because calling 911 and waiting isn't the best option anymore.

Clarke says law enforcement cutbacks have made it necessary. "I have 350 sworn law enforcement officers, and last year with the budget cut, I had to lay off 42 people. The city of Milwaukee Police Department that I work with, in conjunction with them anyway for public safety in Milwaukee County, this year is furloughing 1,500 officers three days each. That's 4,500 fewer officer days that will be spent on the street."

Clarke says he does not want citizens to go out and enforce the law and that he has always believed personal safety is a matter of individual responsibility.

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