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.

Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: SWAT Commandeer Lt. Earl Barnes

Lt. Earle Barnes (courtesy gannet.com)

“An accidental police gunshot into lobby carpet at Town Hall startled officials attending a Town Council workshop Thursday night,” dnj.com reports. “No one was injured after the weapon of Lt. Earl Barnes, the SWAT team commander, discharged after he tied his shoes in a chair in a lobby area.” Passive construction aside, how’d that happen? If your fingers are busy tying your operationally operational SWAT boot laces, how does the pistol’s trigger get depressed? Excess paunch infiltration (Lt. Barnes isn’t the most svelte SWAT guy I’ve ever seen)? Nope. First the damage . . .

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NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre’s CPAC Speech


It’s great to be here at CPAC again. Are you having a great conference? Are you ready to make a difference for your country and your freedom? Let me hear you!

In November’s elections, we made history. But I know it’s the future that’s on our minds. As Americans, we’re weary. We’re despairing. And we’re sad. Because so much we care about is slipping away . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Lock Up Your Guns?

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Over at fox4kc.com, former police officer Brandon Plunkett runs through a number of options for locking-up your guns inside the home. Great landing at the wrong airport. While locking up your firearms is a good idea to protect children from harming themselves and others, not to mention making your guns that much harder for bad guys to steal, it’s not the idea. Teaching your kids the four safety rules is the thing. After all, other families might not lock up their guns. Or you may forget. Or clever kids may crack your code/find the key to your safe. And what if one of your kids needs a gun for self-defense in the home? Do you lock-up all your guns?


The Three Reasons American Gun Owners Won’t Surrender Their Guns


I recently posted The Three Reasons Anti-Gunners Want to Disarm You: they think you’re crazy, they think you’re a threat to the government and they hate you. After spending a few hours with a French TV crew investigating “American gun culture,” I thought I’d share some of my arguments for gun rights – a concept as alien to the French TV channel’s urban audience as Nick’s no-carbs, yes-bacon diet (which helped TTAG’s T&E twenty-something shed thirty pounds). Here are my top three reasons why Americans won’t surrender their guns . . .

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Man Who Believes He’s a Werewolf Claims Self-Defense Against a Vampire

It’s not every day I receive an email with the above headline in the subject bar [h/t PetitionForRedress]. True story! “An Atascadero, [CA] man accused of gunning down his neighbor has believed he was a werewolf for about 20 years,” sanluisobispo.com reports. “The District Attorney’s Office says Mark Andrews, 51, committed murder when he shot Colleen Barga-Milbury, 52, twice on May 22, 2013. But Andrews has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.” Ya think? That said, the explanation raises several important unanswered questions . . .

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Note to VICE NEWS’ Anti-Gunners: We SEE You!

Watching VICE NEWS’ international vox populi Do We Need Stricter Gun Control? one question dominates. What’s the point (other than wondering why two ostensibly Israeli citizens speak with a New Zealand accent)? I reckon VICE NEWS was trying to show their journalistic objectivity. In fact, their anti-gun bias is so deeply ingrained they probably don’t realize that the final product of their selective editing process is horribly lopsided . . .

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Quote of the Day: Blind and Stupid Edition

Gerakdi Rivera (courtesy newsbusters.org)

“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country.” – Geraldo Rivera in Gun-Grabbing Geraldo: ‘Far Too Many Creepy Untrained People with Deadly Weapons’ [via newsbusters.org]


Self-Defense Tip: Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action!

“Even the unarmed folk in Brazil are fighting back,” the liveleak.com caption asserts. “As two bandits arrive on their motorbike, one steps off brandishing a gun, and is immediately attacked by his intended victim. Although he appears to get a shot or two off, he retreats and makes a run for it, with our intended victim appearing to be none-the-worse.” And there you have it: go all-in as early as you can. If you’re armed – and we certainly hope you are – don’t necessarily go for your gun at first. That is all.


Congressional Testimony – A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States

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Congressional Testimony – A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States
February 25, 2015, delivered by Michael Ronnebeck for the Ronnebeck family

Good morning Distinguished Committee members, my name is Michael Ronnebeck. I am here on behalf of the Ronnebeck Family. I’d like to tell you about my nephew, Grant Ronnebeck . . .

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A Conversation with an American Freedom Fighter in Iraq

24 Year Old American Combat Veteran Louis

By John Crump, republished with permission from ammoland.com

A few weeks ago Louis, a 24-year-old combat veteran of the Afghan War, was sitting at home watching the news and saw a story from Iraq that reported on ISIS, an evil organization that was destroying what his brothers-in-arms had worked so hard to secure. The daily reports of atrocities began weighing heavily on Louis.  Louis hoped that the U.S. would confront this evil in the same way in which they stopped the NAZI reign of terror during World War II. However, Louis felt that the U.S. was not doing enough.  If his own nation would not do something, Louis decided that he needed to get into the fight . . .

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Immigration and Firearms Registration


“‘This deferred action is a temporary permit,’ says Claudia, who fled from violence in her native Mexico and has been living in the US since 2000. ‘What is going to happen when Mr Obama is no longer president? They are going to know where I am, where my family is. Is it possible that we will all be deported?’ she tells the BBC in El Paso, Texas.” It’s an entirely sensible concern, expressed to the reporter in ‘The silent enemy of Obama’s migrant plans at bbc.com. “Now, with the new executive action, the Obama administration hopes many immigrants will provide their personal details, and it is confident the initiative will not be overturned when a new president comes to the White House in 2017. Remind you of anything? TTAG reader NC sees a parallel . . .

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