David Clarke is the Sheriff of Milwaukee Wisconsin and he’s tired of the bad guys having the edge. Clarke recorded a Public Service Announcement that ran in his city urging citizens to take a firearms class and protect themselves before they call 911.
Clarke’s message begins by telling people that “calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”
Clarke told CNN he’s just trying to help make up for the number of officers he has had to lay off in the last few months. “I have about 350 sworn law enforcement officers” Clarke began. “Last year with the budget cut I had to lay off 42 people” he noted with a displeased tone.
And Clarke said it doesn’t end with the Sherriff’s office. “The City of Milwaukee Police Department that I work in conjunction with for public safety in Milwaukee County this year is furloughing 1500 officers three days each.”
Clarke did a little math to point out how that affects the city “that’s 4500 fewer officers days that will be spent on the street.”
Clarke’s advice is simple, arm yourself. “Consider taking a certified safety course and handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
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The Republican Party's long-promised repeal of 'Obamacare' stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise. The surprise development leaves the legislation's fate uncertain while raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump will ever make good on his many promises to erase his predecessor's signature legislative achievement. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay Tuesday after it became clear the votes weren't there to advance the legislation past key procedural hurdles. Trump immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House, but the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful. 'This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK and I understand that very well,' he told the senators, who surrounded him at tables arranged in a giant square in the East Room. Most wore grim expressions. In the private meeting that followed, said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the president spoke of 'the costs of failure, what it would mean to not get it done — the view that we would wind up in a situation where the markets will collapse and Republicans will be blamed for it and then potentially have to fight off an effort to expand to single payer at some point.' The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain. McConnell promised to revisit the legislation after Congress' July 4 recess. 'It's a big complicated subject, we've got a lot discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there,' the Kentucky lawmaker said. But adjustments to placate conservatives, who want the legislation to be more stringent, only push away moderates who think its current limits — on Medicaid for example — are too strong. In the folksy analysis of John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate GOP vote-counter: 'Every time you get one bullfrog in the wheelbarrow, another one jumps out.' McConnell can lose only two senators from his 52-member caucus and still pass the bill, with Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote. Democrats are opposed, as are most medical groups and the AARP, though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the bill. A number of GOP governors oppose the legislation, especially in states that have expanded the Medicaid program for the poor under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Opposition from Nevada's popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval helped push GOP Sen. Dean Heller, who is vulnerable in next year's midterms, to denounce the legislation last Friday; Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich held an event at the National Press Club Tuesday to criticize it. The House went through its own struggles with its version of the bill, pulling it from the floor short of votes before reviving it and narrowly passing it in May. So it's quite possible that the Senate Republicans can rise from this week's setback. But McConnell is finding it difficult to satisfy demands from his diverse caucus. Conservatives like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah argue that the legislation doesn't go far enough in repealing Obamacare. But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of Maine criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation's biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans. GOP defections increased after the Congressional Budget Office said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama's 2010 statute. McConnell told senators he wanted them to agree to a final version of the bill before the end of this week so they could seek a new analysis by the budget office. He said that would give lawmakers time to finish when they return to the Capitol for a three-week stretch in July before Congress' summer break. The 22 million extra uninsured Americans are just 1 million fewer than the number the budget office estimated would become uninsured under the House version. Trump has called the House bill 'mean' and prodded senators to produce a package with more 'heart.' The Senate plan would end the tax penalty the law imposes on people who don't buy insurance, in effect erasing Obama's so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers. It would cut Medicaid, which provides health insurance to over 70 million poor and disabled people, by $772 billion through 2026 by capping its overall spending and phasing out Obama's expansion of the program. ___ Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Ken Thomas, Andrew Taylor, Michael Biesecker and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.
Tulsa's 44th homicide victim has been identified. Tulsa police say the man who was shot to death outside of the Turley Food Express Monday night is 26-year old Denerrious Hopkins. A driver arrived on the store's parking lot, stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire, striking Hopkins five times. He died at the hospital. Witnesses were unable to identify the kind of car the shooter was driving, or any details about his appearance. If you can help with the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
Officials are expected to present border wall building prototypes this summer. The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico. Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said Tuesday that four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile border. Companies will have 30 days to complete the models. Vitiello says it's impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons. Trump's budget proposal for 2018 includes $1.6 billion for 74 miles of wall in Texas' Rio Grande Valley and San Diego. There are currently 654 miles of fencing.
Observers will be able to see the next solar eclipse in Tulsa at 12:24 p.m. on August 21, 2017. The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years has heightened anticipation and excitement in small, rural towns of southwestern Kentucky. With 32,000 people, Hopkinsville is nearest the point of greatest eclipse. The moon will pass in front of the sun and cast darkness over the rolling farmland, plunging it into darkness for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Tens of thousands will watch the eclipse from Hopkinsville - estimates reach 100,000 people from as far as Japan and South Africa. One shop owner says she'll camp at work instead of risking traffic, though the city requested National Guard help on roads. The airport is being upgraded. The mayor says Hopkinsville residents are ready and excited to host eclipse-chasers from around the world.
She didn’t live in Sand Springs, and it’s unclear why she ended up in a bathroom at the Walmart there. Katherine Caraway, 29, died in that bathroom. While police say there are no signs of foul play, they still need to unravel the mystery of why she was there. KRMG has learned Caraway had been living in Muskogee, but was originally from Texas. A mother of a young son, she apparently entered the store Friday, and the boy wasn’t with her. Her body was discovered in a family bathroom at the back of the store Monday. Employees apparently thought the bathroom door was locked because it was out of order, and had hung a sign to that effect on the door. But Monday, they unlocked the door and made the sad discovery. Police say her death appears to have been from natural causes, but the medical examiner has not completed its report so the cause of death is pending.