MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Sheriff David Clarke debated gun control Tuesday night on CNN.
“Piers Morgan Tonight” zeroed in on Clarke’s recent suggestions that people learn how to use guns and protect themselves, and not count on officers to respond rapidly to 911 calls.
Barrett – a strong supporter of President Obama’s gun control package – said it was irresponsible of the sheriff to imply calling 911 won’t help people.
Clarke was especially put on the hot seat by Morgan, who asked how many Milwaukeeans had defended their families and homes by firing guns. Clarke said he didn’t have the numbers – and he didn’t want to give a ballpark figure.
Morgan shot back, “You haven’t got a clue.” Clarke responded that if Mayor Barrett had a gun and a plan to defend himself, the 2009 incident in the mayor was attacked by a man with a tire iron might have ended differently.
Barrett also says Clarke’s deputies respond to relatively few violent crimes – especially in the city of Milwaukee, where the city’s police department handles 911 calls. But Clarke said his department is the top law enforcement agency for Milwaukee County – and it can handle anything.