In the midst of President Obama’s vow to “politicize” the recent shootings in Roseburg, Oregon and his open threats to take Executive Action to advance his anti-gun agenda, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke spoke out identifying the real purpose of the president’s plan.

“This isn’t about gun control. This isn’t about common sense anything. This is about gun confiscation.”

Clarke, an African-American who is serving his fourth term as sheriff of Milwaukee and has won re-election four times with as much as 79 percent of the vote, noted that civil rights leaders had pushed for African-American ownership of guns as a means of protecting themselves from lynchings.

“As a black man, I’m especially sensitive to the Second Amendment. It isn’t about hunting. It’s about law-abiding people being free to make decisions in their lives. That’s what the Founding Fathers wanted; that’s why they created the Bill of Rights. Freedom from government intrusion. So I am not going to cede any of that right back to the federal government.”

Obama has pointed to Great Britain and Australia as models of gun-regulation for America. Neither country has the equivalent to the Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms. While Australia limits ownership of handguns to security guards and licensed target shooters; private ownership of handguns is banned in Britain.

The stringent gun control laws restricting private ownership in Britain were enacted following mass shootings in Hungerford and Dunblane, the same type of crimes Obama seeks to take advantage of in order to achieve the goal of gun confiscation.

Clarke has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s exploitation of such tragedies with demands for gun control measures that restrict the rights of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners while failing to address the motivations and causes of mass shootings.

“This was a chance for the president to bring the country together, and once again the divider-in-chief goes out and further separates us. Shame on the left, shame on the Democrats for once again exploiting misery and tragedy to pursue a political agenda,”

Clarke has gained attention for no-nonsense, reality-based straight talk on the right and the need for citizens to be able to use guns for self-defense.

“It takes on average 52 minutes to respond to a burglary. It takes nearly 20 minutes to respond to an armed robbery, 59 minutes on average to respond to a sexual assault. No fault of the street cop — you’re on your own here. On average it takes an hour and two minutes to respond to a call like the sound of shots. So when you hear those response times . . . what are people to do? Hide in the closet? Run for your life? Scream? But here’s another choice – do what you need to do to defend yourself and your family.”

Milwaukee native Clarke earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Concordia University and completed postgraduate study at the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He served as a patrol officer for 11 years in Milwaukee before rising in the Homicide Division. He was appointed sheriff in 2002.

 

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