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.

Quote of the Day: Why I Love the Gun Owners of America Edition

GOA Exec. Dir. Larry Pratt (courtesy rollingstone.com)

“We should get rid of background checks, and we should destroy the databases that have been used to run those background checks and the databases holding names of gun owners that have, for certain, been created illegally.”” – Gun Owners of America Executive DirectorLarry Pratt, quoted in Gun Owners of America: Abolish Background Checks. Destroy Linked Database [via breitbart.com]


“Joe the Plumber” to Father of Murdered Reporter: Don’t Restrict My Right to Protect My Daughter

Joe Wurzelbacher (a.k.a., “Joe the Plumber” at joeforamerica.com) writes:

Andy Parker is the father of Alison Parker, the Virginia newscaster. Ms. Parker and her cameraman Andy Ward were gunned down last week in a brutal shooting. Immediately after receiving the tragic news, Mr. Parker appeared on the mainstream media to tell the world that he wants gun violence to “remain in the news.” Mr. Parker vowed to fight for more gun control. Taking into consideration the trauma Mr. Parker has just endured, it needs to be made clear that his stated goals are, in effect, to make it more difficult for myself to protect my daughter from a crazed lunatic murderer, whose goal was vengeance against white people . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Arm the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence! Edition

CSGV nonsense

According to Chad R. MacDonald [quoted above], the NRA’s desire to protect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in order to defend against government tyranny – exactly as the Founding Fathers envisioned – undermines “the security of a free state.” I’m guessing that Chad doesn’t get the “free” part. But Chad’s confusion on the whole government vs. liberty thing is nothing compared to the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence’s Orwellian interpretation of Chad’s confusion. Translation of their caption: we must destroy the Second Amendment to defend it! (Sound familiar?) OK, they probably mean . . .

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NRA to Supreme Court: Overturn Highland Park “Assault Weapons” Ban

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The NRA-ILA writes:

On Friday, August 28, 2015, the National Rifle Association filed an important amicus briefwith the United States Supreme Court in the case of Friedman v. City of Highland Park(No. 15-133).  The case challenges the City’s archaic ban on common semi-automatic rifles that it pejoratively labels “assault weapons,” as well as standard-capacity magazines with capacities over ten rounds . . .

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The Case for Ray Tensing

TTAG reader Richard Cuellar writes:

If you’ve been following the news lately, you probably saw the body cam video of University of Cincinatti officer Ray Tensing shooting Sam Dubose during a traffic stop about a month ago. And you probably also saw the torrent of commentary about the video claiming it shows a cold blooded execution and attempted cover up. A grand jury returned an indictment for murder in the first degree, and the Hamilton county prosecutor declared quite publicly that his office would pursue the charges with extreme prejudice. The defense, meanwhile, claims officer Tensing’s account of the incident is accurate, and intends to prove it in court . . .

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Atlanta Cop Shot in Wrong House Raid

(courtesy foxinews.com)

“A metro Atlanta police officer was in critical condition after he, a homeowner and a dog were shot when police responded to a call at the wrong house,” nbcnews.com reports. “Officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a ‘gray brick house’ without a street number, [Dekalb County Public Safety Officer Cedric] Alexander said. Details of what happened hadn’t been determined . . . The homeowner was shot in the leg and was being transported to a hospital.” Turns out the cops shot the cop, the dog and the homeowner. Strangely enough, Fox News’ Outnumbered just referenced this shooting as evidence of an “epidemic” of firearms-related attacks on police. Meanwhile, in Houston we learn that the man who shot a Deputy . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Social Media Increase the Likelihood of Shootings? [VIDEO]


“Police in Sacramento are calling a video that depicts a man firing a gun from a moving car disturbing,” sfgate.com reports. I’d say “helpful.” To wit: “Those in the video were ultimately identified by police as Damon Batson, 28, and Carlos Gonzalez, 25. In the video, a person can be seen firing a gun in public while a second person is in the front seat of a moving vehicle . . .With Gonzalez narrating the entire time, the two men claim they’re on their way to take care of a man who may be with one of their girlfriends.” The SF cops’ reckon social media – like the live video sharing app Periscope – increases the likelihood of people committing firearms-related crime. Here’s another example . . .

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#whateverittakes Reveals Gun Control Advocates’ Lack of Morality

(courtesy everytown.org)

Everytown for Gun Safety’s #whateverittakes social media campaign throws the gun control movement’s fanaticism into stark relief. Whatever it takes to enact gun control laws, we’re committed to doing it! Enact draconian licensing and registration requirements that leave millions of Americans defenseless against criminals, crazies and the threat of government tyranny? Whatever it takes! Create a law that allows police and relatives to confiscate a legal gun owner’s firearms without due process (with a carve-out for cops)? Whatever it takes! Lie, misrepresent, mischaracterize, manipulate statistics, commission biased studies, sensationalize? Whatever it takes! And where does that lead? If you think about it . . .

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Everytown for Gun Safety Launches #whateverittakes Hashtag Campaign. So Does TTAG!

(courtesy CSGV Facebook page)

Michael Bloomberg’s anti-ballistic bully boys are at it again. Unable to assemble more than a few dozen supporters in the real world, they continue to rely on their bloody shirt-waving social media anti-gun jihad to maintain the illusion that they’re a meaningful movement. The latest gimmick: a #whateverittakes hashtag campaign complete with TTAG-like “I Am a Gun Owner” selfies. Which just BEGS for a counter-campaign. Want to have some fun and win a box of the pistol ammo of your choice? Click here to print out the above sign, fill it in with your choice of recipients and your feelings on guns or gun control, selfie (SAME FORMAT AS ABOVE) and send it to us at . . .

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Daily News Spitzer: Live TV Killer Couldn’t Have Bought a Gun In New York. Maybe

Vester Flanagan (courtesy nydailynews.com)

“Had [TV news killer Vester] Flanagan lived in New York State, the story would likely have been very different,” nydailynews.com‘s Robert J. Spitzer writes. “I know this first-hand, because I applied for a state pistol permit two years ago. Had Flanagan been required to do what I had to do, it is highly unlikely that he could have legally obtained a permit, and therefore a gun.” Highly unlikely. Legally. Two qualifiers which tell the tale. Truth be told, criminals and crazies have no problem obtaining a gun illegally, which renders Spitzer’s argument moot. But let’s see how he came to that irrelevant conclusion . . .

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Force Science Institute: Memory of Shooting Inherently Unreliable

According to a Force Science Institute study [full report after the jump], a police officer’s memory after a shooting is highly unreliable. Same goes for you. That’s why you should never agree to a post-defensive gun use police interview without a lawyer present (but do provide details that can help the police apprehend criminals or identify witnesses). “Investigators need to remember that an officer who misses or misstates information about an event that later becomes significant is not necessarily being deceptive or self-serving,” the report recommends. That’s true for both cops and [non-LEO] citizens, although you’re hardly likely to get the same slack as brother officer. Just sayin’ . . .

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