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.

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?

BREAKING: Facebook Removing Regional Pro-Gun Everytown for Gun Safety Pages


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And . . . they’re gone. In the last half hour Facebook removed all the Everytown for Gun Safety YOUR STATE HERE pages run by pro-gun peeps. (We barely managed to screen cap Illinois Everytown page for this post.) As Boss Rojak grunted in The King of Comedy, the fighting’s in rounds. Round one went to the guerrilla gun guys who snapped up the Everytown for Gun Safety Facebook page when Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-ballistic bully boys forgot to do so prior to the gun control group’s official launch. Round two went to Bloomberg. Round three? Who knows? But if you think a hoplocidal media magnate can stop hundreds of Internet savvy gun rights advocates from spreading the love, think again. Mainstream media? Sure. The Intertubz? Not a chance. [h/t DrVino]

Mexico “Reforms” Terrorist Laws to Take Down Citizen Militias

(courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

Over at borderlandbeat.com, we learn that Mexico’s legislature has “reformed” their anti-terrorist laws to do, well, anything they want (Harry Reid is jealous). What they really, really want: reign-in the auto-defensa or citizen militia groups that have taken over large swathes of Michoacan. The ADs (as they are now called) took-up arms, illegally, to stop the rape, torture and murder inflicted on the residents by the Templario drug cartel, under the watchful, well-paid eyes of the local police and Mexican military. While AD infighting reveals the potential for an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire sitch, anything is better than the horrors perpetuated by the cartels, supported by the government. Which is determined to disarm the ADs and return control to the cartels. Full article after the jump . . .

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