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Society Should Demand Badger Guns Be Closed After Losing Lawsuit Over Shot Officers

October 13, 2015

As we all know the gun culture is very much alive and deadly in Wisconsin.  Part of the reason for that are those who make blood money by selling weapons.  To blunt that tide of events and at the same time apply the law to most a dangerous gun seller a jury on Tuesday sent a very strong message.

Too often when we hear about guns it is for tragic reasons.  Thanks to a jury decision gun control advocates can see some ray of common sense shining through the other awful headlines that often plague the Milwaukee area when this matter is in the news.

After a most compelling court case a jury found for two wounded police officers in their nationally watched lawsuit against Badger Guns and awarded the officers $5 million.   This type of justice was long in coming.

What was allowed to happen at Badger Guns impacted us all.  Let me put it plainly as I do not want anyone to miss the point.

If there were raw sewage being thrown into the streets by Badger Guns steps would have been taken to remedy the matter.  If an outbreak of a deadly communicable disease occurred within their doors the city would have stepped in and acted immediately.  Instead a total of 1,880 crime guns recovered in Milwaukee were linked to Badger between January 2006 and Sept. 1, 2009– or more than one a day, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis done at the time.  Over the years the public endured the blood and pain that was caused by this business through their gun sales.

Badger Guns, and its predecessor, Badger Outdoors, have accounted for roughly one-third of all crime guns traced by Milwaukee police in the past and that fact can not in any be rationalized.   The court case this fall dealt with the lack of responsibility Badger Guns took to protect the public from ‘straw-man’ tactics when it sold a gun used to shoot two Milwaukee police officers in the head six years ago.  The eight women and four men came to the correct decision about the need for a business of this type to undertake the highest standards so not to allow for negligent gun sales.  Time and and again Badger Guns made headlines that only left the rank-and-file citizens who ultimately pay the price for gun violence to shake their heads in dismay.

Tuesday brought some justice for those who have watched over the years as this disreputable business seemed to never understand they needed to abide by the laws when it came to selling deadly weapons.

I have called before on this blog for this business to be shut down.  There is no way to condone what caused the wounding of police officers, and numerous other killings and crimes as they are linked to Badger Guns.  After what we have heard from testimony over the past two weeks in this trial there is only one question that remains to be answered.

How many more wounded police officers will be needed before society says to Badger Guns ‘enough is enough’?   It is time for us to shutter the doors and close this place down once and for all.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2015 10:47 AM

    Badger Guns is bound to appeal this verdict, and sadly, the law and our bought-‘n’-paid-for Supreme Court are on their side. That “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” Bernie Sanders voted for in 2005 (having served in Congress 14 years and not having recently buried his father) guarantees that gun sellers can be as reckless as can be without fear of ever being held responsible. (Purpose #1: “To prohibit causes of action against manufacturers,distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.”)
    Personally, I think Badger Guns functions as an abettor and enabler of criminals, but I don’t see how this ruling survives appeal at either the state or federal level.

  2. October 13, 2015 11:53 PM


    You can now be pleased as with this post I did talk about those who break the law regarding gun laws. You know, the same laws that are on the books, and that your type always say we as a nation should be enforcing.

  3. tom permalink
    October 13, 2015 10:52 PM

    I think that with the jury’s award of damages, they are doing just this. Further, this will have the unintended consequence of driving many gun dealers out of the business. While I don’t favor hyper-restricting gun regulations, I do think that irresponsible businesses like Badger should pay the price for their shady practices.

  4. October 13, 2015 10:27 PM

    “the gun culture is very much alive and deadly in Wisconsin. Part of the reason for that are those who make blood money by selling weapons.” WOW! Could you be anymore melodramatic about this? Alive and Deadly? Blood Money? Hey maybe instead of going after gun owners why not rip into the criminals who are creating the crime? Can’t do that though can you and we all know why you don’t.

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