What Are Shooting Range Users So Fearful Of In West Milwaukee?
One would think that users of a shooting range in West Milwaukee, the same ones who so love and devote themselves to the Second Amendment, might also be mindful of the needs of law enforcement.
If you thought that might be case you would be severely wrong.
For nearly three years, the owners at Brew City Shooters Supply — formerly known as Badger Guns — were turning over the names of everyone who used the shooting range to West Milwaukee police.
That was obviously a good thing, even though it might be viewed as something the business needed to do given its very checkered reputation in the state.
…since late 2009…more than 25,000 names of range users through his system. So far this year…more than 8,800 and come up with 47 people who required further investigation. A few of those were referred to prosecutors for illegal possession.
What has made this all rather newsworthy is that Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry, Inc., a gun rights advocacy group, read about the former practice in a Journal Sentinel article late last month. He alerted members, and the issue became a hot topic.
Clark is concerned that the range customers might have been put through a national crime database!
Oh, no–say it is not so!
What in hell are these people afraid of by having their names entered into the database?
If they are in fact law-abiding, tax paying, felon free individuals with no outstanding warrants or medical reasons why they can not use a gun or shooting range, what have they to fear?
People who want to conduct themselves in the manner that so many of the ’2nd amendment crowd’ does, then has a duty to the rest of society to check in with the police and make sure all the nuts and screws are tightened.
After what we hear and read almost daily in the press about gun violence how can anyone argue against continued updates to the local police?