Sunday, October 11, 2009

Piling it on: another column against Badger Guns

Milwaukee gun store epitome of a bad neighbor

Columnist doesn't care for Badger Guns and makes it obvious he wants it shut down. Again: if they are violating the law go after them. But there is no evidence that they are.
In a gun-happy state, no other gun store comes remotely close to Badger in providing guns to murder, wound and rob citizens.
"Gun-happy state", Wisconsin? Last time I checked you can't get a concealed carry permit there. You can get one in New York or Massachusetts, but not in that "gun-happy state".
Allan's explanation of why felons are allowed to practice their aim on his shooting range is that the law doesn't require him to check the criminal records of those using the range.

Allan says he operates his business within the law. That says more about how full of holes gun laws are in this country than how a responsible businessman should conduct himself.
You gotta love his throwing out the red meat that there aren't enough laws on the books in this country.

Best practices would suggest he know who is using his gun range, if for nothing else, for liability reasons. But running a background check for everyone who comes into his store seems excessive. If he's conducting his business within the law, then he's a law abiding citizen, if he's outside of the law, then throw him in jail.
Allan sounds like Eric Thompson, the Green Bay gun dealer who's sold guns and accessories over the Internet to three mass murderers - Seung-Hui Cho who killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech in 2007; Steven Kazmierczak who killed five people and himself at Northern Illinois University in 2008; and George Sodini who killed three women and himself at a Pittsburgh fitness center in 2009.
What? You can get guns through the internet without background checks delivered to your home? For Free? With a coupon for 10% off your next purchase? News to me. He's referring to this guy: Green Bay gun dealer again tied to mass shooting
At the very least, Badger Guns should do the same customer screening as every other gun store that provides a tiny fraction of guns used in crimes compared to Badger.
Why not a strip search ala TSA for each patron who graces his door? With a DNA swab on the side? I've never been "screened" walking into a gun store. If that happens, I will never set foot in there again. But that's probably what this idiot would like to see.

As I've posted before Badger Guns update: store helps police and here Badger Guns update 10/6/09, if they are breaking the law, then the ATF would be all over them.

More resources:
Armed And Safe updates: Badger guns, and 'crime guns,' Part II

And an earlier post: Badger guns, and 'crime guns'


Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

Ol' Mr. McNally definitely has his little panties in a bunch.

Good commentary, Stranded.

straightarrow said...

He's too stupid to know he's stupid.

strandediniowa said...

Thanks, Kurt. Your posts on Badger guns has been good as well. I'm glad I'm not the only one watching what's going on.

I hope you're not referring to me SA. ;-) But after today, that wouldn't be far off for me, though.