Gun-control battle pits sheriff vs. police chief

by Garth Kant,  |  published on March 8, 2013

A war of words between Milwaukee’s two top cops over Second Amendment rights has gone national, and now it’s getting personal.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is using public service announcements to encourage residents to arm themselves because of a soaring violent-crime rate.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says Clarke is just seeking attention and trying to boost his reelection efforts. Flynn has criticized Republicans in Congress and gun groups for opposing new firearms restrictions.

But even the Huffington Post finds Flynn over-the-top when it comes to gun control. HuffPo notes that a few years ago, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen affirmed that state residents were legally permitted to openly carry a gun in public.

Flynn responded, “My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it.”

The police chief was just as aggressive at a Senate judiciary hearing last week. He testified in support of an “assault weapons” ban, saying most innocent people do not use such weapons to defend themselves.

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