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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.

11-Year-Old Student Faces Expulsion from Virtual School for Gun Avatar

An eleven-year-old student at Wisconsin Virtual Learning faces real-world expulsion for using a firearm in his avatar. The student received an email stating “No guns in school, even virtual school.” That’s the short version. WISN talk show host Vicki McKenna has the longer version, complete with outraged ranting. For my part, I see no reason for the young man not to change his avatar – unless he doesn’t want to.

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Gun Hero of the Day: Linoge

Linoge (courtesy Twitter)

Linoge hates me – in the same way that Hamas hates Israel. Only more so. The Walls of the City blogger considers me an arriviste, a plagiarist and an amoral avaricious entrepreneur who’s soft on gun rights. And those are just my good points. I recently started following my antagonist on Twitter and I’ve got to say it…bravo! The man’s fighting the good fight against gun control advocates, countering their lies, misstatements and propaganda with relentless tweets. Some 22.2 thousand of them. They’re all civilized, measured, calm, coherent and (I think) effective. What can I say? The man’s got game. (I almost bought his Mustang.) I salute the pre-TTAG gun blogger for his persistence and tireless efforts to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Beer summit bro’?

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WA Gang Leader Taken Down for Selling Hot Pink Bolt-Action .22

(courtesy nydailynews.com)

“Carlos Carmona-Gonzalez, 23, was nabbed with the colorful rifle after he offered to sell weapons to a police informant,” nydailynews.com reports. “Gonzalez, also known as ‘Downer,’ faces up to seven years on charges that he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.” While it looks like entrapment to me, saying Downer’s no saint is like saying it’s not a good idea to mess with an IDF soldier. Still, result, with bonus points for girly gun humiliation.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Chipped Guns and Smartphone App Edition

Inventor Mark B. Barron's arsenal  (courtesy vice.com)

“Los Angeles-based entrepreneur named Mark B. Barron [above] has created a new app called Lockdown, which he believes could decrease the country’s number of gun-related crimes,” vice.com reports. “The app works with a ‘clip’ containing a GPS chip that a user can attach to his gun. The owner leaves his gun in designated areas and enters a code when he wants to remove his weapon. If someone removes the gun without entering the code, the smart chip sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone. The gun owner can then cancel the alert, or forward it to police, family, neighbors, or anyone else he’s chosen as an emergency contact on the app.” What could possibly go wrong? According to Vice writer Justin Glawe . . .

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Question of the Day: Should Gun Owners Boycott “Gun Free” Businesses?

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are continuing their so-far-unsuccessful campaign to get the Kroger supermarket chain to ban open carry in states where it’s legal. Meanwhile, an unknown number of Terre Haute, Indiana gun owners are boycotting businesses that ban guns. Their two-week-old Facebook page No Guns = No Money listing gun-averse commercial enterprises in The Crossroad of America - has garnered 1000 likes. So should all gun owners boycott all businesses that post no-guns signs? I do. Do you?

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Quote of the Day: Geraldo! Edition

(courtesy facebook)

“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country. Just as [it] protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.” – Geraldo Rivera [via Facebook]

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: NY Burglar Stabs Homeowner to Death

Staten Island crime scene (courtesy nydailynews.com)

“Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife,” the AP reports. “Police say the two were returning to their Staten Island home at around 10 p.m. Sunday when they encountered the burglar. Police say 67-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed in the face and hand during a struggle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His 66-year-old wife was stabbed in the head, neck and back. She was listed in stable condition. Police say a suspect in the attack is in custody.” Fat lot of good that will do Mr. or Mrs. Gialluisi. If one of the couple had been carrying a gun when they returned to their apartment this story might – might – have had a happy ending. A carry permit for an elderly couple in “gun free” NYC? Fuhgeddaboutit. For shame.

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Moms Against Everything Edition

(courtesy Moms Against Everything Facebook Page)

TTAG reader HB sent us a link to the Moms Against Everything Facebook page. I suspect that very few Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America members have seen the parody page, or would find it amusing if they did. But funny it is, from the “about” descriptor (“Non-partisan grassroots movement of moms created to demand action against guns. We will NOT let facts get in our way!”) to the comments (“I knew she was into something stronger than box wine!”) to the hashtags accompanying the images (#MomsAgainstMiddleFingers). Speaking of which TTAG salutes the page’s creators and recommend that our readers add to the “like” round count at their earliest opportunity.

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Chinese School Killer Stabs Three Children to Death

Fruit knife (courtesy telegraph.co.uk)

“The new school year in China began Monday with a horrifying attack,” cnn.com reports. “A man stabbed to death three children at a primary school in central China and then committed suicide by jumping off a building. The attacker broke into Dongfang Primary School in Hubei province around 10:20 a.m., Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government. Wielding a knife [not shown], the man stabbed eight students and a teacher before he took his own life, the report said. Three of the students died, and the six other victims have been hospitalized, Xinhua reported. Two of the students are seriously hurt, it said.” TTAG commentator NYC2AZ emailed the link. He directs our attention to the last paragraph . . .

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U.S. Army Prepares to Pacify Really Big Cities

"City Wars: U.S. soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people." (Caption courtesy armytimes.com, photo courtesy Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / Army)

“When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities,” armytimes.com reports. “Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state. And the service is convinced that these ‘megacities’ of 20 million or more people will be the battleground of the future.” Paging Alex Jones! I assume the Army’s preparing for mega-city warfare in cities outside the U.S., and that U.S. soldiers would refuse to “pacify” American conurbations, but capability is capability. Check out the Army’s big city game plan . . .

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Question of the Day: Should Cops Swear?

Yes, this is gun-related. I’ve seen a large number of police videos where peace officers draw their guns and then use obscene language to control suspected perps and other peeps. And I’ve wondered, WTF? Aren’t police officers trained to de-escalate situations? Drawing down on someone is serious sh*t. Doing so while threatening and swearing – “I’ll f*ckin’ put a round in your ass right quick” – is not what I consider calming. I understand cops are under stress. I know they’re often dealing with belligerent, foul-mouthed folks. I realize that some scum have limited comprehension skills for anything other than gutter language. But if we, fellow gun-carrying civilians, draw our gun and say “I’ll put a round in your ass” it can and will be used against us in court of law. Shouldn’t cops set a good example, try to pour verbal oil of troubled waters and keep it clean? Just wonderin’ . . .

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Bloomberg Gives $1m to WA Expanded Background Check Ballot Measure

Michael Bloomberg, jefe of Everytown for Gun Safety (courtesy nydailynews.com)

Washington State is ground zero in gun control advocates’ campaign to “expand” mandatory government background checks to all firearms purchases and transfers (including gun shows and family gifts). Come November, Evergreen State voters will either OK or torpedo Initiative 594. Quite how this increased government surveillance would reduce firearms-related crime is anybody’s guess. It certainly hasn’t had any measurable impact in Massachusetts or California. Regardless, billionaire Steve Ballmer’s donated $600,000. Bill Gates has chipped in $1m to the pro-Initiative 594 campaign. Not be outdone, billionaire ballistic bully boy Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has also ante’d up a cool mil. seattletimes.com reports that the group spending the money is  . . .

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