Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. was a featured speaker at this weekend's NRA/ILA gathering. As usual, he was warmly received.. and held nothing back:
"Don't be misled by phony sloganeering like 'common sense gun legislation' or 'smart guns, There is nothing smart about what they are up to, as you and I both know. None of this crap will reduce violence, suicides or mass shootings."...
"It's not about reducing mass murders, suicides or street-level violence. Heck, it isn't even about gun control.
"Folks, it's about power. Political power. It's all about government control over our lives."...
"My ancestors fought hard and shed blood for the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, and I am not going to cede that right back to the federal government, or any level government for that matter, and neither should you,"
Here is the full transcript of Clarke's remarks to the NRA-ILA convention.
Let me be clear. Blue Lives Matter. Police Lives Matter. Cops Lives Matter.
As my friend, Sean Hannity, is fond of saying, let not your hearts be troubled, for in 244 days, and a little less than 10 hours, President Barack Obama will leave the White House for the last time, and his reign of terror over your freedom, your Constitution, and your right to keep and bear arms, his reign of terror will be over.
Very few topics in our human discourse spark as much emotion, passion or vilification as the subject of Guns in America… Ask yourselves WHY?
Why IS the Second Amendment treated like the bastard child of the Bill of Rights by academia, the liberal mainstream media, and liberals in the political establishment?
It is not about reducing mass murders, suicides or street-level violence. Heck, it isn’t really even about gun control.
Folks, it’s about power--political power. It’s about government control over our lives.
These anti-gun bigots on the left realize that in order to grow a more centralized government, they have to defeat several powerful citizen-based organizations.
These anti-gun zealots realize… that to win a political argument you need two things…a common enemy and a common language. To the anti-gun left, the common enemy is the National Rifle Association and you, its freedom loving members. While the common language of the AGI, the Anti-Gun Idiots, is that guns should be outlawed, and that only the government should have them.
Gun-supporting advocacies like the NRA are OUR lobby on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, guarding our Second Amendment rights 24-7, 365.
See, in politics, if you are not part of a special interest group or if you don’t have a powerful lobby, you can’t get a seat at the table of power to participate in discussions.
As Sheriff, I took an oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, all of it. The Constitution does not come ala carte… it is all-inclusive. When we start down the road of picking apart the Constitution to fit a certain leftist political agenda…we are headed toward a very dark place called government tyranny.
While there are so many attacks on our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, what’s interesting is that this is a recent phenomenon.
For most of our nearly 240-year history as a constitutional republic, the right to keep and bear arms was never seriously questioned. It has only been in the last 30 or 40 years that this inalienable right has been challenged. We have been conditioned by freedom-loathing gun haters away from gun ownership and even gun possession.
You can go back all the way to early man, where weapons were used again threats as a matter of survival and to provide sustenance for daily existence.
Like everything else in life, technologies emerged and thousands of years later the weapon became a gun, a firearm, but the need to defend one’s self against threats remained the same.
In 1775, here in the New World, a group of renegades we call the Founding Fathers, the framers of the Constitution, understood the threat posed by a strong centralized government. So they created this idea of self-rule around a document that strictly limits the power of government and places the power with we the people, the individual… and the states.
They understood that government tyranny was a natural result of government, so they included safeguards.
They knew that only an armed citizenry could keep government in check.
Patriot Thomas Paine said it best, he said, that ‘arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them’ (arms).
Folks, it is a historical truism that in the 20th century, Nazi Germany’s use of firearm registration laws to confiscate weapons from Jews rendered them defenseless from attacks.
And Switzerland’s tradition of ensuring that every man was armed with military weapons kept at home, ready to organize as a militia of total resistance, played a significant role in dissuading a Nazi invasion during World War 2.
And then there is the issue of the right of the people to keep and bear arms for self- defense.
This, as you know, is a natural right…survival is the first law of nature, because Man has an inherent desire to survive. Sometimes that means fighting off criminal predators. Don’t be misled by phony sloganeering like common sense gun legislation or smart guns. There is nothing smart about what they are up to, as you and I both know that none of this crap will reduce violence, suicides or mass shootings.
The people who believe this aren’t working on anything smart. In fact, they are stuck on stupid about what causes gun violence, suicides and mass shootings. Ben Franklin said “we are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” He had the anti-gun grabbing group in mind when he made that statement.
Let’s look at an instance of government tyranny that occurred not that long ago. Let’s visit the issue of slavery that included MY ancestors.
Slavery is government tyranny. Government knows all too well that the first step to enslaving people is to disarm them.
One of the hallmarks of slavery was that it was illegal to arm slaves or for slaves to possess weapons why? So that slaves could not defend themselves during escape, or against mob violence and lynching.
You see…the Thirteenth Amendment only freed the slaves “on paper.” Only the ratification of the 14th Amendment ordering that the Second Amendment applied to the states as well, allowed newly freed slaves to arm, and thus defend themselves, against on-going mob violence, kidnappings and lynching.
MY ancestors fought hard and shed blood for the right to keep and bear arms for self- defense, and I am not going to cede that right back to the federal government, or any level of government for that matter, and neither should YOU!
In closing, let’s talk about the National Rifle Association.
Today’s society confronts us with many threats from criminal behavior. In fact, our criminal-friendly President spends his final days releasing violent career criminals back onto the streets in already struggling communities.
He is the only President in history to visit a prison and tell killers and drug dealers that they are the product of a racist criminal justice system. Has this guy lost his mind?
As my public safety announcements say, YOU are the first line in your personal defense--not law enforcement. You always have been. But for the last 30 or so years you have been conditioned away from that duty by people telling you to simply call 9-1-1.
That… might not be your best option today.
You all know Kimberly Corban, our courageous NRA colleague who was sexually assaulted on the Northern Colorado University campus.
This brave woman voluntarily shares the story of her horrific event so that other women do not have to experience what she did. You talk about courage?
She found out that when seconds mattered, the police were not a 9-1-1 call away. She also learned that the only person safe in a gun-free zone like a college campus is the criminal, who knows that law-abiding people have been disarmed there by government.
Don’t ever let anybody tell you to outsource your safety to the government.
Defend yourselves in ways most advantageous to you and THEN call 9-1-1. Your life may depend on it.
Handle your firearm, practice and become proficient with it. Know its capabilities and its limitations. Take time to learn the safe handling and storing of the weapon.
A gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is a threat not to society at large, it is a threat only to the criminal, AND an ever-expanding federal government hell-bent on obliterating your right to keep and bear arms.
Here is what we need to do. We need to band together with the NRA and EVERY gun supporting lobby in America and pressure this GOP-controlled Congress to make it priority legislation to pass federal concealed carry license reciprocity in the United States.
That’s House of Representatives Bill 923 and Senate Bill 498, The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015. Forty GOP Senators have co-sponsored the legislation, but it languishes in a black hole, while a few misguided Senators instead have made a bill that gives criminals expanded rights under so-called “criminal justice and sentencing reform” a priority piece of legislation.
This is NOT what We the People sent them to Washington to do.
Just like a driver’s license from one state is valid in every state, and a marriage license is recognized in every state, so must YOUR concealed carry license be valid across state lines.
No other constitutional protection ends at the border of your state of residence – and think about this…driving and marriage are NOT even constitutional rights.
It is unconstitutional and unreasonable for someone to have to know the intricacies of concealed carry laws of differing states. You can be valid in one state, drive through another, and be in violation of the law. This is insane and has to be fixed NOW.
Call or email your congressional members NOW and demand passage NOW so that your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms through your concealed carry license is recognized in all 50 states, just as the Fourteenth Amendment did for newly freed slaves.
I challenge people at the end of every public safety message I put out on Milwaukee radio. These ads end with a call to action as I ask…Can I count on you?
Thanks for being here in Louisville. Please renew and upgrade your NRA membership. I recently upgraded mine to Patron level. Yeah, I put my money where my mouth is.
Keep fighting! God Bless you, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.