NBC Today talking heads freak out about law enforcement message

A recent radio ad from Milwaukee Counties Sheriff David Clarke suggests people should not depend on law enforcement to be there right when you might need them. The NBC Today show freaked out a bit concerning the suggestion to arm yourself. The radio ad’s transcript reads as follows.

I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 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; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling 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?

The problem I have with Clarke’s statement is that a firearm should never be the only part of your defense plan. Clarke did not mention exterior motion lights, locking doors and windows, an alarm system or a dog that barks as the four most important things you can do to protect your home and family. A firearm can certainly be part of that plan because locked doors don’t stop people, alarms can be ignored and some people are not able to have a dog. Clarke probably had a 15 second spot that could only provide so much information. Still, the NBC crowd thought the ad was irresponsible, dangerous and they even used the term vigilantism!

Their opinion is totally off the wall. They really think it’s illegal for him to let people know law enforcement numbers are being diminished and it will therefore take them much longer to get to you and provide help? These NBC fools must also think it’s irresponsible for the sheriff to let people know response times are getting slower?

From Newsbusters.org.

NANCY SNYDERMAN: This is so irresponsible it’s dangerous.
STAR JONES: I think it’s so irresponsible.
LAUER: …is it bad advice? JONES: It’s irresponsible.
SNYDERMAN: It’s irresponsible and dangerous.
JONES: One hundred percent.
SNYDERMAN: He’s basically, you know, vigilantism, I don’t hear anything in there about safety. It’s, “Arm yourself, the cops won’t be there.” Terrible.
LAUER: He’s saying take a course and learn how to use a firearm.

Oh Matt, don’t bother telling Snyderman what she heard. She has an agenda to stick to.

DONNY DEUTSCH: I actually, I think politically I’m surprised legally they were able to run that ad.
JONES: I’m absolutely surprised that’s legal for him to even say. And it’s irresponsible for him to suggest to put more guns on the streets and to frighten people into thinking…

Yeah, that pesky 1st Amendment must be looked at again.

SNYDERMAN: Especially when there are buy-back programs everywhere.
JONES: …that that’s the only way for them to protect themselves.

I agree Star, and I’m willing to bet the sheriff does not believe a firearm is the only way to protect yourself. He had a 15 second ad to get the message out.

DEUTSCH: It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.
SNYDERMAN: Yeah, and that’s not…
JONES: It really is irresponsible.
SNYDERMAN: …that’s not a role of leadership.

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  1. SeeingRed on February 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Bedwetters unite!? LOL – Fonzie didn’t jump this high….

  2. SeeingRed on February 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Bedwetters unite!? LOL – Fonzie didn’t jump this high….

  3. ricbee on February 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    A firearm is the cheapest,easiest way to defend yourself & you never have to worry about it working or if it is turned on. It can give great comfort by the side of the bed.

  4. dkortebein on February 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Arming your self in Milwaukee might be advisable after you read this link from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel?http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/atfs-milwaukee-sting-operation-marred-by-mistakes-failures-mu8akpj-188952581.html?abc=Ct5vpWpS

  5. Dimsdale on February 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

    So they denigrate this Sheriff’s First Amendment rights by claiming that the message is “illegal” and Snyderman demonstrates her complete ignorance of “vigilantism”.? The basis of the word is “vigilance” and has little to do with her Charles Bronson view of it.
    Fear, uncertainty and doubt: the new tools of the leftist media.

  6. agonist on February 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

    When Matt Lauer is the voice of reason on the most popularmorning show in the nation we’ve got trouble!

  7. kateinmaine on February 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    donny deutsch might want to reconsider questioning the ‘legality’ of ads.? ads are his business–policy/agenda assimilation of advertising will effectively negate him.? let’s look at some of his clients:? johnson & johnson–evil corporation that will complicate free healthcare; saturn–non-green, dying component of gov’t motors; directv–propaganda/control mechanism; anthem blue cross–evil insurance competing against free healthcare. . .hmm.? he should be thrilled that o is president–if it were the clintons, he’d already be ‘gone’.

  8. JBS on February 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    If this twaddle passes for entertainment or informed opinion on television, I am ever so glad I don’t subject myself to the inane chit-chat of these so-called journo-experts.
    They totally miss the fact that this sheriff is declaring Milwaukee law enforcement soooooo understaffed that he has to cover his butt by making such an announcement. These television elitists must live in a rarefied world secured by private security and servants (nannies, chauffeurs, housekeepers and cooks).
    Millions of people hang on their every utterance yet the broadcast intelligentsia don’t have a clue.
    “Milwaukee 911: please hold for the next available operator.”
    “Wait time is approximately . . . 12 minutes. Time to dispatch is currently . . . 23 minutes.”
    “While you are waiting, have you considered getting a gun . . . ?” !!!!

  9. Lynn on February 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    A breath of fresh air, a Sheriff who speaks the truth. Of course, that just shows what an ignorant news media we have, when they denigrate him for telling the truth. It is clearly a time of down means up and up means down. I’m dizzy from the spin.

  10. Gary J on February 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    ?If anyone ever asks the definition of a liberal or lefty show them this video. Short vid? says millions of words.

  11. Linda Mae on February 5, 2013 at 12:20 am

    They need Mr. Stevens and his testimony at the CT hearing..

  12. JollyRoger on February 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Soon, our dear leader will say:? “If you like your AR-15, uhhh, you can keep your AR-15.? If you like your Ithaca Deerslayer, you can keep your deerslayer! We only ask that you register all arms so that we can better serve YOUR interests!”? (They know what’s best for you)? And Biden will remind us that “It’s patriotic to register your firearms!”?? I was just listening to Alan Colmes on gun control- telling people they are “paranoid and need to get help.”? One minute he’s yelling, and the next minute he’s accusing callers of yelling.? He’s way too passionate to be objective on these issues. I was expecting him to scream, “Damn this wet bed!”

  13. Plainvillian on February 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Let’s see, these people live behind doormen overlooking Central Park and travel to their well guarded offices in limousines, where they interact with only the best of well screened people.? Why would they see any need for someone in a less secure cocoon have the right or duty to possess a means of self protection?

  14. M1Garand on February 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I live in an eastern CT?town with no police force. We rely on the 6 shift CSP Troopers covering our area. I always kind of knew that if the weather was bad, or there was trouble at UConn or the prisons, we would be on our own. This is by no means a criticism of the CSP, it is just the environment I live in. This nightmare has come true. Early Christmas morning I needed one of those troopers to respond to my home for a potential intruder out on my front porch. I confronted that individual through my dining room window with my locked & loaded Glock .45 Auto in his full view, and told him to leave.?As he left my porch?I lit up every external light I had, and called 911. I was told that due to the weather and the multiple accidents they were attending to, they would send?a trooper?as soon as they freed up. I did not say anthing about being armed or any other details other than “thank you?very much.” I had no idea where this guy actually went, or how many more there may be. I stayed awake and alert until daybreak. After daylight I went down the driveway to survey where he said he had broken down. There were tire tracks and foot prints, but no one there. I have no idea if a trooper even showed up.
    Since that incident,…

    • JBS on February 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      “. . . he said [that] he had broken down.” Hmmmmm.
      If this was a legitimate motorist stranded and in distress, how did the vehicle get magically fixed and operational? Good call.
      So, you like the Glock? I am partial to the .45acp cartridge.


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