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.

Another Anti-Gun Group, Another Cartridge Ejected

(courtesy Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

TTAG reader GP writes:

Apparently there’s no evidence that the Bloomberg complete-rifle-cartridge-being-fired image/ad was “cybersquatting” other than the word of the Bloomberg publicist. This one (above) is indisputably the responsibility of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)… their euphemism for civilian disarmament. They take credit for it on their Facebook page… with resounding approval from the fans. Not only is the full cartridge coming out the muzzle . . .

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Disgruntled Gamer SWATs Rival

 Long Island SWAT team doing what SWAT teams do, even when they don't need to do it. (courtesy nypost.com)

“Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday,” nypost.com reports. “They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call to cops was an act of revenge by a gamer whom the teen who lives inside had just beaten in an online Call of Duty battle.” I like that “ready for war.” You know; in the sense that I so don’t. Anyway, “The prank caller told police over Skype that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, of Long Beach — and that ‘I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people,’ cops said.” I’m not a sworn police officer – I just Monday-morning-quarterback them here – but is that the kind of call that elicits a full-on SWATfest? And I do mean full-on . . .

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Gun Fact: There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Scene of carbon monoxide poisoning December 18, 1950 (courtesy Foteka Los Angeles)

I’m not very good at math. My SAT math score was 220 points lower than my English score. So when I encounter studies that seem to prove that gun control is a good thing, I defer to former DHS number cruncher Nick Leghorn and former Navy submariner Bruce Krafft. They inevitably show that the studies are skewed, flawed, biased, massaged and otherwise manipulated to reach the desired conclusion. That said, I’m pretty good at spotting lack of context. For example . . .

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WaPo Celebrates 15 Years of Anti-Gun Agitprop

When a “report” on the politics of gun control takes over a minute to get to the point – any point – you know you’re watching anti-gun agitprop. OK, that and the fact that you’re forced to endure a “greatest hits” news file compilation of spree killings establishing the [supposed] need for anti-ballistic brainwashing. In fact, this video is, itself, a piece of anti-gun agitprop. The fact that the Washington Post posts PostTV propaganda without labeling it editorial betrays the paper’s deeply-held prejudice against Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. But you knew that. The real question here: where are the pro-gun PSAs?

Brady Campaign Almost Gets it Right on “Gun Safety”

Now that Mayor Bloomberg has dumped $50m into his new NRA-fighting gun control group, ye olde Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence is living in the shadow of Everytown. No matter. All for one, and one gun for no one. Or something like that. Anyway, I’m not entirely against the theme of this campaign. If you’re worried about unsecured firearms at your kids’ friends home, ask about unsecured firearms. First amendment and all that. HOWEVER, here’s the real trick to keeping your kids safe around someone else’s firearms: teach them what to do when they encounter a gun. My take: muzzle control is everything. Obviously . . .

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A Law Enforcement Perspective: Justifiable Need and the 2nd Amendment


By Sgt. Patrick Hayes

If you’re a New Jersey resident who wants to practice the “bear” part of the “keep and bear arms” protected from government infringement by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, good luck. To obtain a concealed carry permit – itself an infringement on Americans’ gun rights – New Jersey citizens must show “justifiable need.” They have to convince the State of New Jersey that there’s a specific and credible threat against their person. A simple desire to protect your life, loved ones and your community from potential harm won’t cut it. And so some eight million Garden State residents are denied their natural, civil and Constitutional right to bear arms. On Friday . . .

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Question of the Day: Would You Lend a Gun to a BFF in Trouble?

I don’t know much about Blue Ruin (due in selected theaters April 25) but I’ve been in the big guy’s shoes. Someone I knew (a female of course) was in trouble. She needed a firearm for self-protection in a state where the fastest you could legally purchase a gun was 10 days. Carry permit? Months. If then. I told her no. If it’s that serious, leave town. That was when I was behind enemy lines, living in a Northeastern state. Here in Texas, you can lend a bro a gun without legal blowback. Unless there is. So anyway, let’s say someone you knew (and loved) asked to borrow a gat for self-defense. Would you lend it?