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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.

Quote of the Day: Slippery Slope Edition

“Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, they can unfortunately escalate into major things down the road.” – Roger Feagan, superintendent of the Norborne R-VIII School District quoted in School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy [via foxnews.com]

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It Should’ve Been A Defensive Gun Use: All That’s Left is the Tale Edition

Orange County coyote (courtesy washingtontimes.com)

“Earlier this month, a woman living in the Leisure World retirement community opened her screen door to pick up her newspaper, only to watch a coyote scamper inside, grab her cat, and run back out,” washingtontimes.com reports. I am fully aware that shooting anything in an urban environment is an inherently dangerous business, on several levels. As much as you love little fluffy, as much as you might want to emulate Texas Governor Rick Perry’s LCP prowess, popping a coyote’s clogs with your trusty home carry piece could violate city ordinances and take out a two-legged bystander. The legally sensible solution to coyote infestation is to  . . .

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NRA Video: 1000-Yard Shot? Easy!

I’m not sure why the NRA’s videos generate so few views. They’re clear, concise, visually compelling, seamlessly edited and voiced by some of shooting’s best experts. Maybe it’s because some of the tips are a bit too dumbed down – even for newbies. The Jessie Duff long-range shooting video above, for example, makes shooting a 1000-yard target as simple as shooting a 50-yard target. It is so not. Then again, other videos in the Firearm Science series are perfectly judged. Click here for Jessie’s most excellent sight alignment video. Still, given the cash invested in creating these videos, you’d hope the gun rights org with 5m+ members could garner more attention for their YouTube handiwork. The NRA’s action-packed All Access Web Clip Tactical Police Competition, for example, has just 438 views at the time of this writing. I think it’s all about the marketing – or lack thereof. Which isn’t as easy – I mean difficult – as a 1000-yard shot.

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Teacher: Active Shooter Drills Harm Children

“There’s a stark difference between a lockdown drill and active shooter training,” Massachusetts educator Jennifer Leung asserts in a comment underneath the post School Lockdown Calculus: The Line Between Preparedness And Trauma at commonhealth.wbur.com. “Our school asks kids to practice by pretending a shooter is in the building. They have been taught to throw books or water bottles to defend themselves against semiautomatic gunfire. In training with the adults alone police admitted some kids will not survive the worst case scenario with this technique. Middle school children aren’t stupid. Many of them find these drills . . .

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“I officially declare my business, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, a Muslim Free Zone”

Gun range owner Jan Morgan (courtesy Facebook.com)

I just got off the phone with gun range owner Jan Morgan [above]. She reckons this move – banning Muslims from The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range – will lose her her business. “It will cost me everything I have to fight for this.” Fight for what, against whom? “For the safety and security of my patrons against The Department of Justice, EEOC or someone who’ll file a lawsuit against me.” Here’s Ms. Morgan’s official statement:

I officially declare my business, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, a MUSLIM FREE ZONE . . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun and Ammo for Shooting Fish in a Barrel?

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My main squeeze is cooking a proper Southern breakfast. (My arteries are hardening in anticipation.) I’m sitting here blogging about the USDA’s recent purchase of 85 submachine guns. I told her that sometime this job is like shooting fish in a barrel. Hmmm. How easy is that, anyway? What kind of barrel are we talking about? What kind of fish? Which gun? What ammo? So I’m asking TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to ignore the image above and please suggest a proper experiment to prove the validity of this piscine adage. Note: no fish were harmed in the making of this post. Although I can’t make the same promise for the follow-up . . .

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CNN Takes Stock of Feds’ Police Militarization

Forty-cal sub-gun (courtesy minutemannewscom)

Remember the White House announcement of a post-Ferguson investigation into police militarization? It was so important TTAG posted it as a breaking story. I guess it done broke. We’re not hearing a peep from the Prez’ peeps on the subject these days. Equally, no one in the halls of power seems to have paid much attention to Sgt. Patrick Hayes’ point that the vast majority of the militarization is happening on the federal, not local, level. Inspired by the recent(ish) revelation of the USDA’s .40-cal sub-gun purchase, all 85 of them, CNN reporter Matt Knight took a look at the feds’ arsenal . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: George Byrd IV

George Byrd IV (courtesy theblaze.com)

“A man accused of firing a bullet that broke a neighbor’s window says he fired the gun because he knew of no other way to unload it,” philly.com reports. “After the shooting on Friday afternoon in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, George Byrd IV first denied knowledge of the shooting to a detective, then admitted he fired the weapon to clear the chamber because he was unfamiliar with guns, police said.” The “firing to clear the chamber” explanation is such a stupid excuse on so many levels it just has to be true. Note that the shooter in question is the IVth person to assume the name George Byrd. This indicates that Darwinism is still pretty much a crap shoot. As does the fact that he can’t make $20k bond. Luckily, our IGOTD is free – although, it must be said, not without cost. [h/t RD]

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Australian Supreme Court Judge: Ban Guns

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Who could have seen this coming? A country enacts draconian gun control legislation that makes it virtually impossible for citizens to own firearms and then calls for a complete civilian gun ban. That could be a lot of places, but today’s episode of “Who Wants To Be A Police State?” takes us to Southern Australia, where Supreme Court Justice Michael David has declared, “My view is I think our guns laws are pretty tight, they are not too bad. But my view on guns is not confined to that. In my view, and it is a fairly utopian view, I can’t see why anyone in this city should own a gun. I think a gun with a licence is just as dangerous as . . .

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