JS Online reports that a Wisconsin Sheriff is defending his purchase of 565 new handguns against a nay-saying county supervisor.
Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County recently purchased 565 new .40 caliber Glock G22 and G27 pistols. The department did get a fairly good deal on the order at $139 per gun, which included a trade in. Altogether, he spent close to $78,500 purchase in tax dollars.
While the Sheriff’s Department is looking forward to its new guns, not everybody is particularly thrilled about the expense. County Supervisor John Weishan Jr. said, “Unless there was a two-for-one sale, there was absolutely no reason to justify this.” He kind of has a point, considering that the county only has 275 deputies. So, what’re they going to do with the extra 290 guns?
Weishan added, “Let’s be honest. We’re not fighting a war here. A deputy is just going to fire his weapon on the range. The most wear and tear on a weapon is just cleaning it.”
Sheriff Clarke defended the purchase by calling Weishan a “puke politician” and saying that his remarks were “stupid.” He’s also got Supervisor Mark Borkowski in his corner, who added “Who am I to say what the proper number is? It’s his shop . . . he gets to call the shots.”
So, who’s right here? It’s hard to say for sure, but it might be the case that both of them are a little bit wrong. Getting new guns is more than likely justifiable, but 565 guns for a 275-man department does certainly seem a tad over-the-top, don’t you think?