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.

Milwaukee DA Stats Confirm: Existing Gun Laws Not Being Enforced

One of the NRA’s constant refrains: we don’t need new gun control laws. We need to enforce existing gun laws to take dangerous criminals off the streets. It’s a complaint that doesn’t get much attention in the mainstream media. or much credit when it does. Well here’s a story that proves the point. And how. “In an open records request to the Milwaukee Police Department, Media Trackers requested information on all MPD police reports forwarded to the DA’s office with the recommended charge of “Possession of a Firearm by a Felon” – a felony under current law — during June, July and August of 2013. What Media Trackers found was that nearly half of those cases referred to the DA’s office by the MPD were never charged. Of the 142 cases recommended for charges by the MPD between June and August of last summer . . .

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Never Mind Fast & Furious. Why Are We Sending Guns to the Mexican Government?

Crime scene (courtesy msn.com)

There is no doubt in my mind that Obama Administration cabinet members knew about Operation Fast & Furious, the ATF’s “stingless sting” that enabled the sale of some 2000 U.S. gun store guns to Mexican drug thugs. Two of which ended-up in the hands of men who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. I am reasonably sure the President of the United States was also briefed on the extralegal, U.S.-sponsored gun smuggling operation. I am losing hope that they will be held accountable for approving this criminal endeavor. Meanwhile, the U.S. has been supplying the Mexican Army and State Police with fully-automatic firearms, knowing full well that tens of thousands of these guns “seep” into the hands of narco-terrorists. (Syrian rebels anyone?) And knowing that the Mexican Army and Police are just as murderous as the cartels. Here’s some [more] evidence that legal firearms sales are arming Mexican killers . . .

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to Hunters: Bear Spray Über Alles

Grizzly attack (courtesy dailymail.co.uk)

“Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that bears are very active this time of year, searching out food from late summer berry crops,” the State agency warns [via ammoland.com]. “FWP Bear Management Specialist, Jamie Jonkel, said that he has received a lot of reports from archery hunters in recent weeks that have seen grizzly and black bear scat and tracks at all elevations throughout western Montana. ‘It seems to be a very active fall for bears around western Montana, based on the number of reports of bear sightings and sign I’ve been getting lately,’ Jonkel said [ominously]. Bears are moving between river bottoms and mountain tops this time of year and can be distracted as they feed on berries, Jonkel said, which can sometimes prompt a surprise encounter. Hunters should think ahead about what they would do in an encounter and carry and know how to use bear spray.” And carry a large caliber firearm of some sort as a backup, yes? Well . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Michael Yatsko

Michael Yatsko (courtesy orlandosentinel.com)

“A St. Cloud [Florida] man was arrested Wednesday after he handed his son a gun and told him to kill himself when the boy talked about committing suicide,” orlandosentinel.com reports. “Michael Yatsko, 44, allegedly put the gun down on his son’s bedroom and said ‘do it, kill yourself I really don’t care.’ He told police that he knew it wasn’t the appropriate response but his son’s ‘cowardly’ comments have become ‘frustrating.’ Yatsko was also accused of slamming his 13-year-old son’s head on a table, causing a bump above his eye, police said. He was charged with child abuse and child neglect. The right to keep and bear arms does not make people any better – or worse – than they otherwise are. Removing that right doesn’t change human nature, either, but it leaves good people at a disadvantage. That is all.  [h/t SS]


Question for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: What Gun Control Law Would Have Prevented This?

Jessica Arrendale and baby (courtesy Facebook.com)

Here’s a recent post on the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Facebook page: “DEAD GEORGIA MOTHER HAILED AS HERO: Last week, a Georgia mother saved her 6-month-old baby by sheltering the infant in a toilet before her boyfriend shot her in the head with a semi-automatic rifle. He then turned the gun on himself. Both Jessica Arrendale and her child’s father, Antoine Davis, were found dead. The baby, who police found 13 hours after the shooting, is safe after being treated for injuries: http://tinyurl.com/obyftfr. Davis, a war veteran, had a history of depression and domestic violence. American women are 11 times more likely to be shot to death by an intimate partner than in other developed nations. We must elect leaders who support laws that protect women from gun violence. In honor of Jessica, SHARE and SIGN our Gun Sense Voter pledge..”  OK so . . .

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Note to Gun Control Advocates: Do You Think of Children Like These When Fighting “Gun Violence”?

Denzel Burke and Michael Phillips (courtesy fox6now.com)

Gun control advocates are famous (in these parts) for using misleading statistics to promote civilian disarmament. Gun violence claims 30k lives a year! they proclaim. The antis ignore or skim over the fact that suicides account for around half of these deaths. Gun control has no appreciable effect upon this behavior (see: “gun-free” Japan’s suicide rate). Doesn’t matter. Gun control is for the children™. For example . . .

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Secret Service: “We Don’t Shoot Unarmed Intruders”

I’m sure you know the story by now. A guy jumps the fence in front of the White House and makes it to the front door. The Secret Service (or suchlike) arrest the intruder, who claimed he was just trying to borrow a cup of sugar. [Note: I made that last bit up.] Another nutcase drives up later. He’s arrested too. Never mind that. The first guy, one Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, got the media and All The President’s Men in a lather. How did Omar get so close to “Renegade’s” residence so quickly? In other words, why didn’t someone shoot the loon? What were those sharpshooters on the roof doing? Well, apparently . . .

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Have a Toy Gun in Atlantic City? Go to Jail.

Toy gun (courtesy moretoyguns.com)

There ought to be a law about people who say there ought to be a law. In most cases, there already is a law or a new law would do sweet FA to solve the targeted problem. Exhibit A: the Atlantic City Council has banned toy guns. “The ordinance, introduced by all of council and initiated by Police Lt. James Sarkos, bans the sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms — except for non-firing antiques and film prop guns — which aren’t in bright, flourescent colors or transparent,” pressofatlanticcity.com reports . . .

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Question of the Day: Are You Bored With Your Shooting?

Square ranges are deadly dull. Once I’ve established that my gun works and I can hit minute-of-bad-guy at 15 yards and stack rounds on top of each other closer in, my motivation takes a powder. I draw some numbers and letters on a target and have someone call them out. As most square ranges won’t let me draw from concealment, that’s it, I’m done. Open ranges like Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas are WAY better. You rent a bay and do whatever you like. Holster draw and shoot while moving, shoot from a prone position, shoot from behind cover or concealment, transition from rifle to pistol – anything that doesn’t involve .308 or higher caliber or endanger yourself or others is fine with Millard. I’ve really taken a shine to steel targets. In preparation for my anticipated Texas International Firearms Festival shooting match with Colion Noir, I’m hitting Action Targets’ dueling tree with my pal Louis. So are you bored with your shooting? If not, what do you do to keep yourself amused?


NJ.com Calls for Gun Confiscation

"A total of 1,345 firearms were sold or surrendered during a two-day buyback program organized by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office." (caption and photo courtesy nj.com)

One of the things that make this work so hard: gun control advocates pretend they’re against gun confiscation. Its Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – not Moms Demand Civilian Disarmament. It Americans for Responsible Solutions – not Americans to Eliminate the Second Amendment. It’s The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – not The Brady Campaign for Gun Confiscation. Gun control groups and their camp followers will never admit their true goal is to deprive Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, even as they work tirelessly to degrade and destroy Americans’ firearms freedom. TTAG is Toto, pulling the curtain back on the man behind the curtain. And here he is, warming-up with a tepid endorsement of New Jersey’s expanded gun buyback program . . .

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TN and TX Pols Introduce Bill to Nix Ethnicity from ATF Form 4473

ATF form 4473 ethnicity question (courtesy atf.gov)

How long has Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) asked gun buyers to state their ethnicity? I don’t know for sure, but Dan the Man reported on a change in the ATF Form 4473 ethnicity categories in July 2012. I’ve been ticking “African American” for at least five years. For some reason, the media suddenly woke up to the ethnicity aspect of the form 4473 earlier this week. And so “Republican Reps. Diane Black (Tenn.) and Ted Poe (Texas) have introduced legislation to eliminate the requirement for individuals to identify their race when filing paperwork to buy a gun,” thehill.com reports. Because “‘Failing to adhere to this requirement by not checking all of the correct boxes on the 4473 Form is considered an ATF violation that can be so severe as to result in the gun dealer being shut down for having incomplete purchaser forms,’ Black said.” Yes, well, why . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Arthur Bremmer’s Revolver Edition


At one time, the Charter Arms Undercover .38 above belonged to Arthur Bremer. Wikipedia.org informs us that Bremmer was “convicted for an assassination attempt on U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace on May 15, 1972 in Laurel, Maryland, leaving Wallace permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Bremer was found guilty and sentenced to 63 years (53 years after an appeal) in a Maryland prison for the shooting of Wallace and three bystanders. After 35 years of incarceration, Bremer was released from prison on November 9, 2007.” And now, seven years later, Rock Island Auctions will sell the revolver Bremmer used to try to assassinate the segregationist. RIA is no stranger to ghoulish guns and it’s a free market, but still . . . shudder. [h/t CO'D]