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.

Kardashians Under Armed Guard After Receiving Box of Hair and 40 Pizzas

It’s another example of the Los Angeles elite having 24-hour-a-day access to armed security while the “little people” are denied their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. After receiving a box of hair and 40 pizzas – and you know I didn’t make that up – Kris Jenner has surrounded her family with armed security guards. In a subsequents interview . . .

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Everytown for Gun Safety: We Won’t Debate Because Our Opponents Aren’t Credible

“John Lott was originally supposed to be on C-SPAN for an hour to discuss these issues with Ted Alcorn, the research director for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown,” Lott’s crimeresearchcenter.org reports. “But Alcorn would not appear at the same time and insisted that he be allowed to appear after Lott.” When pressed on the issue by a caller [as above], Alcorn dismissed his detractors as unworthy due to their lack of credibility. Incredible, eh? We won’t deign to debate because our opponents aren’t concerned about “gun violence.” If you believe that, I have an assault weapons ban I’d like you to consider.


Self-Defense Tip: Spice is the New Angel Dust


My first-ever firearms instructor was a Rhode Island State Police Sergeant. Joining us in the classroom: a woman buying a gun for self-defense. The Statie zeroed in on her like a Scientologist pimping a personality audit to a college freshman. “The bad guy’s gonna be all hopped-up on angel dust,” the LEO advised the timid newbie from point-blank range. “Trust me. I been there. He’s out-of-his-head crazy. He don’t feel nothin‘. You better shoot him when you have the chance.” Somehow, the angel dust epidemic didn’t unleash the expected killer zombie apocalypse. Flash forward forty years and a new drug is raising a similar paranoia alarm . . .

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Violent Video Games Leading to Criminal Headshots? [Video NSFW]

Force Science News:

Playing video games that involve violent shooting can heighten firing accuracy and influence players to aim for the head, researchers have confirmed in a unique new study. On the positive side, this might suggest a potential increased role for gaming in police firearms training, but on the other hand, given the rampant popularity of video games among civilians, the findings may reveal an intensified threat to officers in gun confrontations . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Gun Ownership Make You Less Confrontational?

Ned (courtesy storycorps.org)

TTAG reader DH writes:

Depending on my mood in the mornings, I’ll either listen to XM radio for morning show idiot-free music or NPR. Yeah, I know. Anyway, as luck would have it this morning was a NPR day. They have a long-running a series called StoryCorps. It’s a collection of short three- to five-minute personal stories as filler between the local and national news. I was getting ready to hop out of the truck when the story titled “The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun” came on. I was compelled to stop and listen. . .

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5.11 Goes All In for Tactical Kilts

Guys. It’s a skirt. OK? If you want to wear a skirt, by all means, go ahead, wear a skirt. Your freedom of expression is protected with and by my right to keep and bear arms. You can call it a kilt and draw upon centuries of kick-ass Scottish heritage. [Click here for 5.11’s history of the kilt.] And yes, I bet your bits are cooler than my bits when the temperature is sizzling hot but . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: See Something, Say Something. Maybe.


“The owner of a local gun range called authorities last September, suspicious about an inexperienced group that had come to learn how to shoot a pistol. One of those men drew much wider attention last week,” wsj.com reports. “Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 23-year-old Ohio man back in town three months after he returned from training with violent extremists in Syria, was the leader of the group at the gun range, according to court documents from federal authorities. He was accused by federal officials in court papers of contemplating an attack against the U.S.” If you see something suspicious at the gun store or gun range, say something. That said . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Union Organizers Edition

Boeing's SC's first plane (courtesy nycaviation.com)

“The union looking to organize workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint,” foxnews.com. “The union filed an unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board in which it alleged that ‘two organizers were threatened at gunpoint and others reported hostile and near-violent confrontations,’ according to a union press release.” Yeah. Maybe . . .

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