Leah Barkoukis
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In gun control debates, gun rights advocates often invoke the saying, “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away,” to emphasize the absurdity and ineffectiveness of gun-free zones and the need for concealed carry in self-defense situations. Now, one Wisconsin sheriff is taking the adage seriously, telling residents they should take firearms classes because he ‘needs them in the game.’

In the radio ad, Clarke tells residents personal safety isn't a spectator sport anymore, and that "I need you in the game."

"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," Clarke intones.

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back."

Clarke urges listeners to take a firearm safety course and handle 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. Can I count on you?"

Clarke clearly understands the unfortunate realities of present-day society. Police can’t be everywhere, all the time, so it’s important that citizens have the ability to defend themselves if need be. He also advocated for the arming of teachers in schools in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.  

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

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