For three weeks in 2002, the nation’s capital was terrorized as a sniper and his young accomplice killed 10 people at random and wounded three others. The two murderers were caught and convicted. When their rifle — a Bushmaster XM-15 — was tracked back to a Tacoma, Wash., arms dealer, Brian Borgelt blithely told investigators that, yes, the $1,600 rifle was one of 238 weapons that seemed to have been stolen or missing from his inventory.
There's nothing new there. We all know the story. What I keep asking is how can lawful gun owners support and defend people like this Borgelt?
What is new in the Times article is a bit of background on Mr. Borgelt.
For years before the sniper attacks, Mr. Borgelt was repeatedly cited for failing to track sales and inventory or to properly file background checks on purchasers. Despite warnings, he easily stayed in business at the Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply.
The grisly shootings finally compelled the government to revoke his license. Mr. Borgelt then sold the business to a friend (other defunct dealers like to sell the shops to their wives). Bull’s Eye is still open, and Mr. Borgelt continues to run a shooting range upstairs.
Does anyone else find that reprehensible? In my opinion this guy should be behind bars. He's a major criminal and anyone who supports the tricky business that took place between him and the new owner should seriously question what side of the law they're on. We're not talking about cheating on your taxes a little bit or selling one gun to your brother-in-law who has a record. We're talking about a major departure from what should be acceptable behaviour from good citizens.
What's your opinion? Is Borgelt getting harsh treatment just like Iknadosian? Do you think they're victims of the liberal press and the gun control crowe?
I say, people who are licensed to sell guns and violate that trust should be identified and removed from among the gun owning world. Maybe this is where Paul Helmke got the idea to put the gun lobby and criminals into the same group.
Since the Heller decision, the gun lobby and criminals have brought at least 170 challenges to gun laws or to block criminal gun prosecutions. With only a handful of exceptions, those challenges have failed.”
What's your opinion? Is it any wonder that I keep trying to spread the responsibility around? When guys like Iknadosian and Borgelt are either exonerated completely or given nothing more than a slap on the wrist and the pro-gun voices are either silent or supportive, I say you're all to blame.
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