Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sheriff's Radio Ad Triggers Sign Up For Concealed Carry Classes
by Elizabeth Fay

WEST ALLIS -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark's controversial radio ad has some people springing into action.

The sheriff's explosive statement hit airwaves Friday where he told the public calling 911 in an emergency is no longer the best option. The announcement he says in part, "You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We are partners now. Can I count on you?"

By lunchtime on Saturday, six people at Shorty's Shooting Sports gun shop made the first step in becoming the sheriff's crime fighting partner.

"They are concerned. They are signing up for the concealed carry class," says store owner, Mike Govas.

Five of those six people who want to learn how to handle a gun are women. Customer Jane Andreotti feels everyone should defend themselves. "You have to protect yourself. There is just too much crime out there," says Andreotti.

Customer Darrick Miller came into the shop for a gun to carry with him everyday. He agrees with the sheriff's statement that calling 911 is not the best option. "There is a police station right around the corner from my house and it takes a long time for them to respond," says Miller.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett offers a different view. He says, "If there is an emergency, I want people to call 911. To have the sheriff put out what

I call a disservice announcement discouraging people to call 911, it's just wrong."

Milwaukee Alderwoman Mielele Coggs also weighs in saying, "The idea that there should be a greater effort for us to bear our own arms, is a society, I think most of us don't even want to live in. I think sometimes you have to be careful what you ask for."

"I don't want to see people then arm themselves and accidentally fire at a Milwaukee Police Officer," adds the mayor.