Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on making a couple of Public Service Announcements which were nothing more than campaign ads in which Clarke pandered to members of the NRA and other right wing nut jobs. In these ads, Clarke was more or less admitting that he was in over his head when it came to upholding the law and that people would die if they did not have a gun.
The fallout from Clarke's craziness is what you might expect.
County Board supervisors had to stake steps to make it clearly illegal for elected officials to use PSA's as campaign ads. Pro-gun nuts took that as being an attack on the Second Amendment, showing just how paranoid they are and exactly why they should not be carrying a gun around. It even got to the point where the gun nuts started threatening the life and safety of elected leaders.
Starting a couple of weeks ago, we got to see the early "benefits" of Clarke's irresponsibility.
First, there was the woman who drunkenly took potshots at her niece, and tried to use Clarke's PSAs as an excuse for her idiotic behavior.
Now we just learn of a rolling gun fight which occurred a couple of weeks ago. The gun fight started on Milwaukee's near south side and went up I-43 to end on the near north side. Both driver/shooters had a CCW permit. So much for that law making the streets safer. What is alarming is that while neither driver had a valid reason to pull their weapon - sorry, "He mean mugged me" doesn't cut it - only one of these imbeciles have been charged.
Meanwhile, Clarke, who is at least partially responsible for this mess, hasn't said a blessed word about the further degeneration of our society.
In fact, Clarke's silence, however short-lived, is one of the few good things that has happened since he first opened his mouth.
The best part of the story is that we won't have to put up with him much longer. I look forward to seeing Chris Moews get a chance to correct all that is wrong with the Sheriff's Office, starting with Clarke.