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.

Tunisians Rally Against Terrorism. Big Whoop.

“Chanting ‘Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!’, they marched [in their thousands] to the Bardo Museum, the scene of an attack in which 21 tourists and a Tunisian died,” bbc.co.uk reports. “French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony at the museum. Speaking at the museum, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi paid tribute to his citizens’ defiance. ‘The Tunisian people proved today that they do not bow to terrorism, and that as one man and one woman, they defend the nation. When Tunisia is targeted, the whole nation stands as one.'” Politically, sure. Practically? Not so much. Any guesses where Tunisia stands in regards to the rate of legal firearms ownership (a damn good way to fight terrorists)? bustle.com has the answer . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed Dayton, Ohio Man

Crack (courtesy wikimedia.org)

Every now and then we stumble upon a story of an irresponsible gun owner who comes clean. The miscreant admits the four-rule firearms folly that led to his or her negligent discharge. These mea culpas are the exception to the rule. While the cause of gun safety would be well served by NDers putting their hands up (so to speak), most irresponsible gun owners know that telling the truth about their gun safety violation could land them in considerable legal difficulty. Here’s a refreshingly honest case [via whio.com] that gives a full accounting of how things went badly, ballistically wrong. Or does it . . .

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New from Trulock: Predator Coyote Shotgun Choke

Trulock Predator Choke (courtsey  truylockchokes.com)

Coyotes are fair game. People who terminate coyotes (with extreme, if stealthy prejudice) in open terrain tend to use rifles in the ever-popular .223 caliber. That said, a deer rifle will also git ‘er done. But when you’re hunting in thick timber or in the dead of night, a shotgun is your ballistic BFF. Trulock’s presser [after the jump] warns aspiring “song dog” hunters that taking aim at 40 yards or more that 00 buck ain’t it. “Depending on the shotgun make, No. 4 buck, No. 2 buck or T shot paired with the new Predator Choke will put the largest number of pellets at higher energy into that same animal at that same distance.” Their new made-in-the-USA performance-guaranteed Coyote Choke is one of 2k shotgun chokes they offer to the general public. We’ll secure a sample for our Jon Wayne Taylor and see what he makes of it. Watch this space . . .

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Question of the Day: Can School Shootings Be Prevented?

Columbine shooting (courtesy wikimedia.org)

At huffingtonpost.com, self-proclaimed School Safety Advocate, Educator and Writer Jonathan J. Doll, PhD offers readers A Framework for Understanding Lethal School Violence: Part 1. “It is critical to bear in mind that lethal school violence seldom occurs completely unannounced in a perpetrator’s life,” the good Doctor reminds us, “but rather often has a lengthy runway leading up to them — of weeks or even more than a year.” I’ve posted a list of his questions for schools looking to institute “behavioral intervention” after the jump. My question to you: what would be your list of questions for educational institutions who want to defend themselves against a school shooter? . . .

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OMG! A Seven-Year-Old Shooting a Gun! In Illinois! OMG!

You want me to trade this for a NERF  gun (courtesy chicagotribune.com)

The chicagotribune.com didn’t invent anti-gun animus, but they’ve pretty much perfected the art, editorializing against gun rights in The Land of Lincoln with Bloombergian self-righteous fervor. Gun right advocates are routinely portrayed as “extremists.” Pro-gun control extremists advocates get a disproportionate amount of ink. Only not so much in How to Shoot a Gun If You’re A Kid. Author Peter Nickeas plays it straight, chronicling a beginner’s shooting class for kids at GAT Guns in East Dundee, Illinois. It’s only when we get to the end of the article that Nickeas or, more likely his editor, felt compelled to introduce “balance” to the piece . . .

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Note to Bear Hunters and Campers: This Cooler is the Coolest

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to shoot a big one. Uh-oh! Trail time! We can’t hump our cooler back to the truck. We can’t leave it at camp. Not to coin a phrase, yes we can! Buy a Coleman Esky Series Cooler and you’ve got yourself a bear-proof cooler. “Packed with a tantalizing mix of fish, honey and other bear attractants, the Esky 55 quart and 85 quart coolers proved to be an unbeatable match against the live grizzly bears at the IGBC Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. By withstanding a minimum of 60 minutes of tearing, biting, bending, pulling and clawing, the coolers passed the test.  The lid did not open more than ¼ an inch, leaving the Grizzly’s taunted.” I know it’s not strictly gun but how cool is that? Press release after the jump . . .

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Court Awards $5.5m to Seattle Man Shot By Cops 16 Times; Officers Not Charged

Dustin Theoharis

Dustin Theoharis was napping at an apartment he was renting in his friend Cole Harrison’s home in Washington,” blacklistednews.com reports. “Police weren’t looking for Theoharis or even his friend Harrison, but instead for Harrison’s son. Harrison’s son hadn’t done anything particularly catastrophic. Instead, he had failed to check in with his state Department of Corrections probation officer.They didn’t find Harrison or his son. The King County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Thompson and corrections officer Kristopher Rongen found Theoharis sleeping. They woke him up and asked him for ID. When he reached for it . . .

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Approves Rhino Hunting Permit

Black Rhino (courtesy usnews.com)

Dallas, TX -(Ammoland.com)- A Texas hunter has received from the U.S. government a permit to bring home the taxidermy from a planned hunt for a black rhino in Namibia.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which administers the Endangered Species Act and regulates Americans’ associated activities – approved the import permit based on the scientific and financial validity of the rhino hunt. Read the agency’s announcementDallas Safari Club, the conservation organization that auctioned the hunt in early 2014, says . . .

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Gunfree Geo Marker: Is Turnabout Fair Play?

Screen cap Gunfree Geo Marker (courtesy fastcompany.com)

“On Thursday morning, a handful of anti-gun-violence activists realized there is an app in the Google Play Store with their names on it—literally,” fastcompany.com reports. “The app, Gunfree Geo Marker, features a map pinpointing the home and work addresses of politicians, gun control organization employees, and ‘random anti-gun trolls’ who ‘push the anti-gun agenda in any way, shape or form.’ Clicking on a person’s name in the menu reveals their address on a Google map, along with the app creator’s reasons for including that person in the app.” The practice – known as “doxing” – sounds an awful lot like harassment. But then . . .

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Three Black Men Beat a White Man Over Mike Brown Shooting

“When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion,” cnn.com reports deploying UK-caliber understatement. “It was the start of an assault, police said. The second man, who was white, didn’t want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday’s incident.” The video has gone viral. The Justice Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Oh wait. No word on that yet. Maybe even ever. If so, that ain’t right. Anyway, here’s CNN’s blow-by-blow account of the crime . . .

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FOSSCAD 3D-printed Rifle Fires Larger “Deadlier” Round (7.62mm)

The era of the 3D printed gun is here. Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed kicked it off by creating the world’s first 3D-printed handgun: the Liberator. “The following year, they unveiled an AR-15 receiver capable of firing hundreds of 5.56mm rounds without fail,” engadget.com reports. “This year, designers from FOSSCAD has (sic) raised the bar yet again. They’ve successfully crafted and test fired the receiver for a Colt CM109 modular battle rifle — the AR-15’s badass big brother.” Badass? I don’t think they’re using that word in a complimentary fashion . . .

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First Genuine Death-by-TASER?

TASEd gas-filled Chrysler (courtesy wiftv.com)

TASERs are painful. Incapacitating even (duh). But safe. Unless the TASEE’s hopped-up on some serious stimulants. Or the TASEE has previous health complaints. Or, usually, both. We know this because TASER aggressively defends each and every TASER-related lawsuit in court. And there have been a LOT of ambulance-chasers trying to milk that particular cash cow. None of which hit pay dirt. But here’s one where there’s no question that a police-deployed conducted electrical weapon (CEW) caused the demise of a perp . . .

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