Friday, November 02, 2018

Three Years

  • A decorated military veteran who sold firearms without a license — including the Glock used to kill Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer — was sentenced Thursday to about three years in prison in federal court in Wisconsin.

    Thomas Caldwell, 68, has significant physical and mental health challenges and has ended his obsession with guns, according to his attorney. Still, the feds say he had been warned by authorities to stop selling weapons without a license.

    He refused to fill out an application for a Federal Firearms License because it was “too much paperwork,” prosecutors said.

    “Caldwell did not kill Chicago Police Commander Bauer and he should not (be) held accountable for doing so,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy O’Shea wrote in a memo filed Tuesday with the court in Madison. “The way Caldwell sold firearms, however, made a tragedy almost inevitable.”
The "...almost inevitable" finding should result in massive civil liability. It isn't going to heal any wounds, but it might be a warning to others.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this guy was mental he shouldn't even have been able to own a gun, much less sell them.

And since we can't enforce gun laws that are already on the books, the clear solution is to pass more laws, especially against stable law abiding gun owners.

11/02/2018 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SJW bullshit. He was "warned"? Kinda like "warning" peoples and folks? Most of us, feel this is way too lenient. He didn't sell it to the triggerman piece of shit.

The animal that ambushed Commander Paul Bauer, acquired the firearm from someone. Who? When will they be charged?

Not a cop. Really disappointing what the city I love, has become.

11/02/2018 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is bullshit. That is not a daturant. Like the guy from Milwaukee that the feds gave probation when they had him for selling over 50 guns in Chicago. This straw buyers knew what they were selling and who they were selling it to and what purpose it was going to be used for. These sellers should be charged the same as the asshole that pulls the trigger.

11/02/2018 04:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a cop-- so an honest question,,,What's preventing the Commander's family from suing the hell out of this POS?

11/02/2018 05:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May GOD continue to watch over Paul Bauer’s family and friends.
Most honorable Commander I’ve ever worked for!
Stay Safe

11/02/2018 06:01:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Decorated war veteran? Really?

11/02/2018 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what difference does it make that the guy is a veteran, or a decorated veteran for the matter. he is still a criminal and needs to do some time for his crime.

11/02/2018 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who sell firearms knowingly committing a crime by doing so are just as culpable. He should be facing natural life in prison. Military record is no excuse, he used that card the first time he was caught.


Lee Harvey Oswald.

11/02/2018 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUSA Tim O’Shea’s father was CPD and his brother is a Madison Police K9 handler

11/02/2018 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Warned” for years about selling weapons?
Thinking this guy was railroaded and because he’s white, old and ignorant there was some harshest or leniency to the sentence is debatable.
Consider 3 years for selling perhaps to straw purchasers was a bit stiff and then all the feral that get probation for doing such.
But really, nobody ever knows what’s going to happen after they sell/trade/dispose/lose or the theft of their firearms.

Being warned doesn’t work and hasn’t.
I think judges do that to violent armed juveniles and adults that frequently and repeatedly pass through the courts.

Either it’s law and order - law of the land or it’s not.
More so not in Cook County.

11/02/2018 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He refused to fill out an application for a Federal Firearms License because it was “too much paperwork,” - you can do this and get away with a warning?

11/02/2018 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The founding fathers didn't write, "Shall not be infringed," for nothing.

11/03/2018 01:23:00 AM  

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