Sheriff Clarke 1, Editorial Board 0
If a homeowner in Chehalis, Washington had listened to David Haynes of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board, he and his wife could possibly be dead this morning. Instead, he took the Sheriff David Clarke approach to violent crime and he's both safe and a hero.
About 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning, the homeowner heard someone talking outside his home. The homeowner immediately dialed 911. It took law enforcement 20 minutes to respond to the call.
In the interim, the intruder broke into the house and headed down the hallway toward the homeowner and his wife. Fortunately, the homeowner had armed himself after calling 911. As the intruder charged, the homeowner shot him and then held him at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive.
It turns out that the intruder was high on meth.
So let's review the bidding.
The homeowner could have followed the advice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board and cowered in fear while waiting for police to arrive. I suppose it's possible that the meth fueled intruder could have simply decided to sit peacefully, sip a latte and listen to NPR. It is, of course, much more likely that the bad guy would have assaulted both the homeowner and his wife.
Instead of depending on the kindness of a meth-head burglar, the homeowner used a firearm to protect both himself and his wife and subdue the criminal. In other words, all's well that ends well.
As an aside, law enforcement officials in Washington are commending the homeowner for how well he handled a dangerous situation. It's unfortunate that in the City of Milwaukee, the Chief of Police is so far in the pocket of the ever-so-politically correct Mayor that he could most likely never bring himself to issue a similar statement.
In any event, whose advice looks sounder: Sheriff Clarke or the Editorial Board?
Let's just say this round goes to David Clarke in a landslide!