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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.

Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Pregnant Woman Edition

FN 1911 (courtesy miami.cbslocal.com)

Deputies: Pregnant Woman Killed While Admiring Gun Collection the miami.cbslocal.com headline proclaims. Of course, that not the kind of passively constructed story that we’re used to hereabouts. The header clearly suggests that there’s a killer to be named later. Yup, you guessed it: the gun. “The Citrus County woman and her husband were looking at the gun collection belonging to her friend William DeHayes in Brooksville when DeHayes .22 caliber revolver discharged and hit the wife in the head. Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where doctors removed the woman’s baby, but he did not survive. Hoover died early Sunday.” Sad. The news org dishonors their memory by . . . continue reading

Question of the Day: Do You Listen to Anything Alex Jones Says?

Alex Jones calls himself an “aggressive constitutionalist.” The Infowars jefe believes you have a natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. He also promotes a farrago of conspiracy theories, from U.S. government involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 attacks, to the Bilderberg Group’s plans to a “New World Order.” So, is Jones a good thing or a bad thing for Americans’ firearms freedom?

BREAKING: Mercy Hospital Killer Triggered by “Gun-Free” Zone Signs

Richard Plotts (courtesy philly.com)

“Richard Plotts, who shot and killed his caseworker and shot his doctor at a Delaware County hospital campus Thursday, may have done so because he was offended by the hospital’s policy against guns,” philly.com reports. “There’s evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone,” [Delaware County District Attorney Jack] Whelan said. “That’s the only motive we have been able to determine at this point in time . . . he was upset about that policy.” Also revealed, Plotts had enough ammo to continue his killing spree . . .

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NBC: Gun-Toting Shrinks Are a Bad Idea

“Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News didn’t see gun-toting doctors as a new trend. In fact, they said, guns really aren’t the best protection against a violent patient with severe mental illness.” See what they did there? “Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News” implies that the network news folks spoke to a wide-range of mental health experts and came up with a consensus about armed shrinks in light of the Dr. Lee Silverman’s defensive gun use at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Anyone who reads TTAG knows there are plenty of pro-gun MDs who understand the value of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Strange how NBC didn’t manage to find one. But they did find this guy . . .

 

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Mercy Hospital DGU Doc [Not Shown] Keeps His Job

Hospital shooting crime scene (courtesy theepochtimes.com)

Details of the defensive gun use at Philly’s Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital are now emerging. “A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was “nothing short of heroic” were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading and shooting more people in a Pennsylvania hospital, police said today.” abcnews.go.com says “The patient, Richard Plotts, 49, suddenly pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, in the head at point blank range while inside psychiatrist Lee Silverman’s office for a scheduled appointment on Thursday. Hunt was killed instantly . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: STFU After a DGU

“I come back and they see me with a gun, and they run,” 80-year-old Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer told nbclosangeles.com, recalling a recent home invasion. The male robber escaped, but Greer shot his female accomplice. She fell in an alley behind his house. “She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer told the reporter. “She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead … (The man) had run off and left her.” You don’t have to be a prosecutor to see that Mr. Greer has given the state more than enough rope to hang him with. The threat was over when Greer fired his gun. And it seems Mr. Greer administered a coupe de grace to a pregnant woman pleading for her life. Now I’m not saying . . .

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Rock Hill, SC Home Invasion. What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I’m going on the bloggers’ equivalent of a two-week holiday. In other words, I’ll be blogging from a different location. Dan and the team will take up the slack – won’t you boys? And speaking of slacking, I’m going to toss this one to you. AW sent me this story of a Rock Hill, South Carolina home invasion reported by heraldonline.com. What teens would open the door to strangers at 3:00am? I reckon the boys’ account is as fishy as a fully stocked koi pond. What’s your take? . . .

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