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Milwaukee mayor, sheriff debate gun control


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- As members of Congress work to pass reforms on gun control, the debate continues over a controversial radio ad.

Earlier this month, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke urged residents in the ad to learn how to use a firearm so they can defend themselves because of budget cuts in law enforcement.

Tuesday, Clarke and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett discussed the issue on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

During the show, the two argued how best to reduce gun violence. Clarke said, "I think we need to start enforcing the laws that are on the book first, before we start penalizing law-abiding citizens. Because I trust law-abiding citizens to make those decisions." Barrett believes background checks should be required for all gun sales, "Right now, [Clarke] is defending laws that have a loophole. Those individuals who have criminal records, mental health records that are involuntary or domestic violence orders to go buy guns in private sales.

While there's been no shortage of opinions on the ad, a notable exception is Gov. Scott Walker, who has an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association. "You know, for us it's important to have a strong law enforcement component all across the state, whether it's in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County or anywhere else across the area, and our budget will reflect ways to do that. But I haven't looked at the details, I've seen the headlines. I'll let him speak for his own comments," Walker told reporters in regards to the Sheriff's ad.

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