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.

NAACP Statement on NYPD Assassination Calls for “Sensible Gun Control Measures”

New York City (courtesy naacpldf.org)

Statement of NAACP Legal Defense Fund & 
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Today’s fatal shooting of two police officers in New York is shocking and tragic. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law extend their condolences to the families and colleagues of both officers, and we stand with the residents of New York City in mourning this senseless loss of life. In addition, we extend our sympathies to the Baltimore victim who was seriously injured by the same assailant . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Bada Bing Edition

“At 4:43 a.m. on Sunday December 21, 2014 the Lodi Police Department responded to the Satin Dolls located at 230 Route 17 South in the Borough of Lodi to investigate a reported robbery,” the LPD press release reveals. “It was determined that two men armed with shotguns entered the premises and robbed the business of approximately $30,000.00 dollars. The actors then fled in an unknown direction.” Actors? That’s funny! The Sopranos used the Satin Dolls club as the set for the Bada-Bing Club. If the shotgun guys had [been fictional and] burst in on Tony et al., there would have been a total different denouement. Know what I mean?


Question of the Day: Are Race Baiters Responsible for NYPD Assassin?

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Personal responsibility. That’s our policy. Whether it’s a gang banger, cop, armed self-defender or irresponsible gun owner, the person who pulls the trigger is responsible for what happens next. Not society. Not his or her mother or father. Not the NRA. So when I ask if race baiters/hustlers are in any way responsible for the actions of Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, know that we’re talking about relative culpability. In other words, did Sharpton, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other racialists create a climate of hate that enabled Brinsley’s murderous “retribution” against police in general, the New York Police Department in particular? In the same sense that some Muslim clerics “inspire” adherents to commit atrocities against “infidels.” What’s your take?



ctsheepdog: Antis and the NYPD Assassination

Slain NYPD officers (courtesy cbsnews.com)

By ctsheepdog

It’s been three years since the NYPD lost an officer while on duty. No matter the circumstances of this assassination, its timing, causes, etc., this one is going to hurt the NYC area for quite some time. So, how soon before someone says THIS is another reason for greater gun control measures? How long before some misguided idiot, eager to exploit this senseless loss, decides to use it to make an irrelevant point that fits their narrative? I am sure it will come, and when it does, someone should be ready to remind that fool and their followers that . . .

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Hardwood Gun Stocks Reduce Recoil. No Really.

I wish I could shoot out my window. Tyler can. He’s shot deer from inside his ranch’s kitchen. Anyway, I’m not sure if this is a fair test. Boyds Gunstocks‘ presser proclaims “A gunstock serves as the foundation of the barreled action and plays a big role in eliminating movement. A hardwood gunstock assists in dampening the vibration and impact created when the trigger is pulled. If a stock is hollow or flexible, it allows the barreled action to move, which can significantly affect the accuracy of your shot.” While I get wood (so to speak), there are plenty of polymer or fiberglass gunstocks that aren’t flexible. Also by the time you experience recoil the bullet has left the building. The lesson here: don’t cheap out.


Increasingly Armed Mexican Populace Preparing for a Revolution?

Retired Army General Jose Francisco Gallardo Rodriguez (courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

America’s anti-gunners vilify gun owners who dare suggest that armed citizens are a bulwark against government tyranny. Maybe back in the late 1700’s, but not today. They scoff at the idea, arguing that these latter day self-styled armed American patriots wouldn’t stand a chance against the might of a modern military, should such a thing come to pass. Well it has come to pass, just across our southern border . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Luke Sanderlin

Luke Sanderlin (courtesy concealednation.com)

“Luke Sanderlin, 34, called police early this week to say that he had been carjacked by the person he believed to be the man who murdered six people earlier in the day that police were searching for,” concealednation.com reports. “His story was that he was out for a walk near his home with his dog, when a man with a knife approached him and asked for his keys. Sanderlin told police that a scuffle ensued and that he drew his firearm in self defense and fired shots at the attacker.” Nope . . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun Games for Xmas?

I don’t play video games. They’re too good and I have too much to do. Like reading the book, Men Who Game Too Much and the Schnauzers Who Love Them. My addiction began with Battlezone, a polygon-based tank game that sucked down quarters like INSERT QUASI-MISOGYNIST METAPHOR HERE. It ended with Call of Duty, when I heard the call of duty to raise my daughter as a single father. But I still love gun games from afar. Not Jafar. If Jafar was driving a tank, his ass would be mine. Just sayin’. What gun games are you playing and which ones do you recommend as Xmas gifts to yourself or others?


This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Belize Edition


Have you heard the ads for Belize real estate on the radio? They tout the country’s stable political system, proximity to the United State, native English language, clement weather and relatively cheap land prices. Paradise on earth? Not if you violate the country’s gun laws. Last week, a Belizean judge sent a mother and her two-month-old baby to jail after police found a single bullet in her home. How politically stable can a country be with this sort of draconian gun control regime? Stable, perhaps, but not free. As the following editorial (republished with permission) from the publisher of amadala.com.bz proves . . .

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“Another Example of Media Knowing Nothing About Firearms”

Bobby Shmurda's guns (courtesy thecouncourse.deadspin.com)

You might say that blogger Greg Howard at theconcourse.deadspin.com identified the guns confiscated from rapper Bobby Shmurda and submitted the following list [after the jump] as an attempt at anti-gun humor. I agree with TTAG tipster therealmattinfl that Howard doesn’t know dee eye see kay about guns. Like the majority of his colleagues in the media, he felt free to ignore his ignorance to celebrate his prejudice. Anyway, name those guns! . . .

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Nothing! Edition

Rebekah Rorick and friend (courtesy inquitr.com(

“High school senior Rebekah Rorick took a senior picture that included her two great loves – her dog and her favorite hobby of hunting,” news10.com reports. “’My family has always hunted,’ she said. ‘It’s something I do with my family, and my dog is my best friend. So I decided to put her in the photo. I fell in love with [the picture]. It’s my favorite photo of all time right now.'” But Rorick held a rifle in her left hand in the image. As a result, the photo was refused by the Broadalbin-Perth High School yearbook committee . . .

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