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Author Archives: Robert Farago

Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

Self-Defense Tip: Mind the Gap!

“Atlanta police say an officer was forced to open fire after a man stabbed a plainclothes Georgia State University officer with a large knife in the middle of downtown Atlanta,” wsbtv.com reports. Roger that. Also no question: it sucks to get stabbed. The best way not to be stabbed is not to be stabbable. The best way to attain unstabbability? Stay out of reach. How far out of reach? Different time zone works for me. Short of that . . .

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Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Fake Taxi Driver Edition

Don’t mess with Mama bear. That’s one of the takeaways from this assault on a mother of three by a faux Big Apple taxi driver. The back story [via pix11.com]: “Police said the 26-year-old woman and her children — ages 1, 3, and 5 — were picked up about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday allegedly by Vargas, who claimed to be a cab driver, on 207th Street in Manhattan. When they arrived at their destination in the Elmhurst section of Queens, the driver was caught on camera attacking the woman. Police said he was trying to sexually assault her. As the woman fought back and tried to escape with her children, the attacker elbowed one of the children and tossed another out of the car before fleeing.” You caught the time, yes? Which raises a few questions . . .

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Quote of the Day: F*ck The Second Amendment Edition

Nolan Dalla (courtesy nolandalla.com)

“This magazine bills itself as follows — ‘Tactical Weapons is the exciting bi-monthly publication that is much more than a gun-test driven magazine.’ Exciting??? Sorry, that’s not a word I want associated with someone brandishing a firearm. If someone is about to cream in their pants with a finger on the trigger, f*ck your Second Amendment rights. You’re not a patriot. You’re a psychopath.” – Nolan Dolla, Taking Aim at Gun Magazine Pornography [via nolandalla.com]

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There’s More to School Safety Than Active Shooter Training

G8 Pro V2 (courtesy guardian8.com)

By Paul Hughes

Soon after the Columbine shooting, security experts, school administrators and other observers at the time began looking for lessons in the “teachable moment.” Since then, with shootings from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Isla Vista, we’ve had a teachable decade-and-a-half to learn from these incidents, yet there’s little evidence schools are getting any safer. Some experts say they may even be getting less safe. What are we not learning? Are we even asking the right questions? . . .

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This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Everyone Becomes a Spy

M16 (courtesy wikimedia.org

“The home of Godzilla actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson [not shown] and his wife, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, was raided by police on Thursday evening (August 28) after a passerby saw a machine gun through the window in London, England,” justjared.com reports. Only it wasn’t a rock. It was a rock lobster! Sorry. I mean, it wasn’t a machine gun. It was a “fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle [not shown] that was provided to Mrs Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled ‘Peace One Day M16’.” Yeah, that so works on a post-modern level . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America’s Poster Child Edition

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OMG! He called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America member Claire a “child”! First, the NRA portrays our beloved maximum leader Shannon Watts as a 50′s style hausfrau (note: Moms don’t do irony). Now that misogynist Farago at The Truth About Guns calls a grown woman a child! Does she look like a child to you, fellow civilian disarmament crusaders? No! She’s a grown woman! From Texas no less, a state where under-endowed pig farmers carry assault rifles into Kroger’s frozen food section. (Brave woman.) She’s also . . .

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Question of the Day: Who’s to Blame for Police Militarization?

(courtesy ammoland.com)

“The Jul/Aug 2014 issue of The Police Marksman is now available online at www.policemarksman.com from Hendon Media Group,” ammoland.com reports. “This issue’s ‘Bullseye’ focuses on long guns with reviews of three AR-style rifles. First up is the Mossberg MMR, an inexpensive carbine that eliminated some standard features to keep the price down. Next is the MGI Hydra, an amazing multi-caliber, quick-change AR rifle that can be tailored to any police assignment. Last, Ruger’s SR-762 ups the ante with a .308 caliber semi-automatic that turned in sub-MOA accuracy and 100% reliability.” To say the timing of this announcement – and the picture accompanying it – is a little off would be like saying . . .

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A Reader Warns: Do NOT Go Duck Hunting!

TTAG commentator Puyallup Devil_Doc writes:

As a duck hunting addict, let me just warn you away from it now. Don’t do it. Seriously. You’ll start off saying, “I’ll just go shoot some ducks, have a little fun… No big deal”. But it will become an obsession. Every time you see a lake, you’ll be looking for ducks. Every time you see a bird, you’ll be double checking to see if it’s a duck. Every time you see a duck, you’ll be checking to see where it lands, and bugging landowners for permission to hunt . . .

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Israel Exporting Ammo to Federal as U.S. Releases Ammo to Israel

(courtesy federalpremium.com)

You may recall that America released ammunition supplies to the Israelis during their recent “police action” against Hamas in Gaza. You may be surprised to learn that Israel has been making and exporting ammunition – albeit pistol rounds as opposed to 120-mm and 40-mm rounds – to America for Federal Premium. That’s the revelation unearthed by an investigation into the Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California (don’t ask). According to truth-out.org . . .

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Obama: Review Local, State Police Militarization. What About the Feds?

DHS SWAT team (courtesy adamsguns.com)

by Sgt. Patrick Hayes

After the police response to public unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama announced a White House review of the 1033 military surplus program for local and state law enforcement agencies. That’s the federal program that “provides surplus DoD military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies for use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, and to enhance officer safety.” So why is President Obama doing this? What’s his agenda? First . . .

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Red Jacket Firearms Fires Will Hayden Over Child Sex Allegations

Will Hayden (courtesy nydailynews.com)

“A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show ‘Sons of Gun’ distanced itself from the program’s star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child,” foxbusiness.com reports. “Will Hayden was arrested Tuesday. As of Thursday, Red Jacket Firearms said that ‘with heavy hearts,’ it had legally cut ties with him but would continue to operate. ‘We are the heart and soul of Red Jacket and will remain steadfast in our commitment to quality and our customers, for years to come,’ a statement on its website said.” [Facebook statement after the jump.] foxnewsbusiness.com also provided some new details of the charges against Hayden . . .

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