It looks like Adam Allan wants to be Milwaukee's new civil rights leader.
Seems like a strange role for a gun dealer, but Allan - the owner of Badger Guns in West Milwaukee - apparently wants to fight against injustice on behalf of his black customers.
So much so, he put up this sign outside his shop last week:
"Racist Milwaukee Police Department is Pulling Over African-Americans Leaving this Store. Sorry for the Inconvenience."
He has since removed the sign after saying he made his point.
Mr. Kane's opening remarks are entirely facetious, as he makes clear in closing.
I think Allan was way off base attempting to gain support from African-Americans by criticizing police officers with his sign. There has been so much despair and sorrow in the local black community as a result of illegal handguns - some of which may have come from Badger Guns - I doubt many would object to any police attempts to keep these instruments of death off the streets.
As long as laws are followed, black people should be able to buy guns just like anyone else. But clearly Badger Guns isn't holding up its end of the bargain, and that means some people end up paying the price more than others.
I noticed that Eugene Kane says "may have come from Badger Guns," but goes on to say Badger is not "holding up its end of the bargain." I think he was being generous in the first remark and dead-on accurate in the second. The reason I say that is because Badger Guns is famous. Everyone knows them.
“In 1998, Badger had the most crime guns traced to it among all gun dealers in the United States and then fell from the top spot, only to regain the spot last year. Badger has been criticized for selling cheap handguns, which were bought by "straw buyers" with clean records and then passed on to gang members. In a 1999 sweep, the majority of straw buyers bought the guns legally at Badger.”
So I suppose we've got the same old situation here that we've been talking about lately, an obviously dirty gun dealer skirting the law and enjoying support from gun owners who, if they had any sense would shun the guy. Then, as if that's not enough, he puts up a sign challenging the local cops to stop bothering his customers. These customers include gang members, criminals who Mr. Allan knows very well are breaking the law by organizing straw purchases in his store.
I call that action, putting the sign up, the Dick Cheney method of "the best defense is a good offense."
What's your opinion? Are the numerous guns traced back to Badger the unavoidable result of his high volume of sales? That's what people said about Eric Thompson.
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