Sheriff Clarke: To Curb Violence, Obama Must Target 'Underclass, Young Black Male' Involved in Crime – But He Won’t

By Michael W. Chapman | March 14, 2016 | 1:33pm EDT

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A.

Clarke Jr.  (AP)

In reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive actions in January to expand gun control, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said the way “to reduce violence” is to “target criminals,” but Obama does not want to target those who are disproportionately involved in gun violence, specifically “the underclass, young black male.”

On Fox’s Hannity program, Sheriff Clarke said, “If you want to reduce violence – and the president knows this – you target criminals.”

“You do not target otherwise law-abiding citizens,” he said, “and you don’t make them have to go jump through hoops in a higher threshold to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

Sheriff Clarke continued, “But Sean, if he [Obama] goes after the real perpetrators of violence in America, he would have to target the underclass, young black male who disproportionately is involved in this violence. And he doesn’t want to do that.”

David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote.

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