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.

Secret Service: “We Don’t Shoot Unarmed Intruders”

I’m sure you know the story by now. A guy jumps the fence in front of the White House and makes it to the front door. The Secret Service (or suchlike) arrest the intruder, who claimed he was just trying to borrow a cup of sugar. [Note: I made that last bit up.] Another nutcase drives up later. He’s arrested too. Never mind that. The first guy, one Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, got the media and All The President’s Men in a lather. How did Omar get so close to “Renegade’s” residence so quickly? In other words, why didn’t someone shoot the loon? What were those sharpshooters on the roof doing? Well, apparently . . .

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Have a Toy Gun in Atlantic City? Go to Jail.

Toy gun (courtesy moretoyguns.com)

There ought to be a law about people who say there ought to be a law. In most cases, there already is a law or a new law would do sweet FA to solve the targeted problem. Exhibit A: the Atlantic City Council has banned toy guns. “The ordinance, introduced by all of council and initiated by Police Lt. James Sarkos, bans the sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms — except for non-firing antiques and film prop guns — which aren’t in bright, flourescent colors or transparent,” pressofatlanticcity.com reports . . .

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Question of the Day: Are You Bored With Your Shooting?

Square ranges are deadly dull. Once I’ve established that my gun works and I can hit minute-of-bad-guy at 15 yards and stack rounds on top of each other closer in, my motivation takes a powder. I draw some numbers and letters on a target and have someone call them out. As most square ranges won’t let me draw from concealment, that’s it, I’m done. Open ranges like Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas are WAY better. You rent a bay and do whatever you like. Holster draw and shoot while moving, shoot from a prone position, shoot from behind cover or concealment, transition from rifle to pistol – anything that doesn’t involve .308 or higher caliber or endanger yourself or others is fine with Millard. I’ve really taken a shine to steel targets. In preparation for my anticipated Texas International Firearms Festival shooting match with Colion Noir, I’m hitting Action Targets’ dueling tree with my pal Louis. So are you bored with your shooting? If not, what do you do to keep yourself amused?


NJ.com Calls for Gun Confiscation

"A total of 1,345 firearms were sold or surrendered during a two-day buyback program organized by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office." (caption and photo courtesy nj.com)

One of the things that make this work so hard: gun control advocates pretend they’re against gun confiscation. Its Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – not Moms Demand Civilian Disarmament. It Americans for Responsible Solutions – not Americans to Eliminate the Second Amendment. It’s The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – not The Brady Campaign for Gun Confiscation. Gun control groups and their camp followers will never admit their true goal is to deprive Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, even as they work tirelessly to degrade and destroy Americans’ firearms freedom. TTAG is Toto, pulling the curtain back on the man behind the curtain. And here he is, warming-up with a tepid endorsement of New Jersey’s expanded gun buyback program . . .

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TN and TX Pols Introduce Bill to Nix Ethnicity from ATF Form 4473

ATF form 4473 ethnicity question (courtesy atf.gov)

How long has Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) asked gun buyers to state their ethnicity? I don’t know for sure, but Dan the Man reported on a change in the ATF Form 4473 ethnicity categories in July 2012. I’ve been ticking “African American” for at least five years. For some reason, the media suddenly woke up to the ethnicity aspect of the form 4473 earlier this week. And so “Republican Reps. Diane Black (Tenn.) and Ted Poe (Texas) have introduced legislation to eliminate the requirement for individuals to identify their race when filing paperwork to buy a gun,” thehill.com reports. Because “‘Failing to adhere to this requirement by not checking all of the correct boxes on the 4473 Form is considered an ATF violation that can be so severe as to result in the gun dealer being shut down for having incomplete purchaser forms,’ Black said.” Yes, well, why . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Arthur Bremmer’s Revolver Edition


At one time, the Charter Arms Undercover .38 above belonged to Arthur Bremer. Wikipedia.org informs us that Bremmer was “convicted for an assassination attempt on U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace on May 15, 1972 in Laurel, Maryland, leaving Wallace permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Bremer was found guilty and sentenced to 63 years (53 years after an appeal) in a Maryland prison for the shooting of Wallace and three bystanders. After 35 years of incarceration, Bremer was released from prison on November 9, 2007.” And now, seven years later, Rock Island Auctions will sell the revolver Bremmer used to try to assassinate the segregationist. RIA is no stranger to ghoulish guns and it’s a free market, but still . . . shudder. [h/t CO'D]


Americans for Responsible Solutions Support PA Republican

Americans for Responsible Solutions is the anti-gun group led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. In a surprise move (for me anyway), ARS has thrown its support behind Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. The “Not Afraid to Lead” ad above touts Fitzpatrick’s legislative efforts to keep guns “out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, stalkers and domestic abusers.” It shows two bills: H.R. 329 and H.R. 1565. The first, Strengthening Background Checks Act of 2013, never made it out of subcommittee. It would have penalized states that didn’t submit adequate records to the FBI’s firearms background check system. The second . . .

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D.C. Concealed Carry Law: “Living in a high-crime neighborhood would not be a sufficient reason to obtain a permit”

Lincoln Heights, Washington, D.C. (courtesy washingtonpost.com)

A recent federal court ruling made it impossible for the District of Columbia to continue its ban on concealed carry firearms. As you’d expect from the political regime that fought to deny residents their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the capital’s burghers are making it as difficult as possible for taxpayers to get a permit. The proposed permitting process is strictly “may issue” - a fancy way of telling aspiring firearms schleppers to FOAD. “Residents of the nation’s capital will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they provide a specific reason for needing one, [city council] officials said Wednesday,” wjla.com reports. Specifically . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Disarmed Teen Edition


After the machine gun accident that claimed the life of a Las Vegas shooting instructor, there’s been a lot of talk about the appropriate age for introducing children to firearms. I think it’s completely down to the parents’ discretion. They are their children’s guardians, not the state. I’m more interested in a different question: when is it appropriate to leave a child with a firearm for self-defense? Again, that’s the parents’ call. Depending on the child, I reckon it’s long before most children reach the legal age of majority. Otherwise, this . . .

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OMG! Felons Buying Guns On the Internet! OMG!


There is only one response for antis up in arms about the “unregulated” firearms marketplace, enabled by the Internet: great landing, wrong airport. There is no way to stop criminals from obtaining firearms. Any attempt to do so simply makes it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Yes, you can work to stop criminals from possessing firearms. And yes, you can work to stop criminals from using firearms in the commission of a crime (mostly by locking them up after the fact). But you can’t stop the ballistic signal. In what world do law-abiding citizens have free access to firearms where criminals don’t? No world. So check out this bit of anti-pistol pandering by washingtonpost.com . . .

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MS Medical Examiner’s “Shoot the Idiots” Facebook Post Goes Viral

David Scott Gregory (courtesy Facebook)

Winston County, Mississippi Medical Examiner (and radio DJ host) David Scott Gregory penned a little paean to armed self-protection on his Facebook page. His “shoot the idiots” post has now gone viral, spreading throughout the outraged mainstream media. “If more folks would handle their own business, I think we would stop getting these calls of houses being broken into,” he explained to clarionledger.com. Gun Hero of the Day? You tell me. Here’s his post, with paragraph breaks inserted for readability:

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Does It Strike Anyone Else As Odd . . .


Does it strike anyone else as odd that the President of the United States and his Democrat backers want to arm unreliable “Syrian rebels” while, at the same time, all the Presidents’ men strive to create new gun control laws at home? The Prez and Co. know that a portion of these arms will fall into the hands of our enemies. Just as ISIS armed themselves with U.S. taxpayer-fundeded weaponry when the American-trained Iraqi troops turned tail and ran. And the Obama administration’s cool with that. Greater good and all. But they don’t apply the same calculus to “allowing” Americans to freely exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Open pipeline there. Closed pipeline here. Is that the teeniest bit hypocritical?