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.

Question of the Day: Are GLOCKs Unsafe?

Over at gunssavelives.net, Dan Cannon has unearthed the SAFE-DRAW system for GLOCK brand GLOCK pistols. SAFE-DRAW gives the Austrian-born pistol an initial 17 pound trigger pull. (Take that, NYPD!) While millions of Americans keep and/or bear GLOCKs and GLOCK-like striker-fired pistols without mishap, mishaps do sometimes occur. Let’s face it: the average gun owner has lousy trigger discipline. They will almost certainly “register” (i.e. touch) their trigger in a defensive gun use. Don’t get me wrong: a gun is only as safe as its user. But shouldn’t we at least acknowledge the GLOCK’s inherent “challenge” to newbies?


“Six very good reasons America should become a gun-free society”


I found this comment underneath the article Minn. Lawmakers Hear From Gun Violence Prevention Group at minnesota.cbslocal.com. Unsurprisingly, the article’s author (not pictured above) neglected to mention the number of Protect Minnesota participants in that discussion. Anyway, it’s important to note – again, still – that gun control proponents who claim to respect the Second Amendment do not. They don’t respect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. They are pro-civilian disarmament. Gun control groups’ leaders are careful not to reveal their true intentions. Their deeply deluded utopian statist followers, not so much . . .

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Jefe Shannon Watts: Guns Don’t Stop College Rape

It’s kinda hard to argue against arming women to defend themselves against rapists. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo does so by asserting that rapists would use their victims’ guns against them. As in shooting and killing their victims. In other words, it’s better to be unarmed and raped than shot and killed. Unless you’re raped and shot and killed. Go figure. Anyway, the head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America knows her antis are losing ground in this debate. So Shannon Watts penned an “answer” to the guns-against-rapists trend for msnbc.com. Here’s Ms. Watts’ rationale for maintaining a gun ban on campus relative to its impact (or lack thereof) on rapists . . .

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NRA’s 2013 Revenue Revealed

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“In the wake of the shooting of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the National Rifle Association [NRA] quickly began combating calls for stricter gun laws by working to convince Americans that gun control measures would have supposedly disastrous effects.” Remove the word “supposedly” from that sentence and I’m good with Kira Lerner’s lead to her thinkprogress.com story NRA’s Revenue Has Skyrocketed Since The Sandy Hook Massacre. I’m also good with the additional revenue: a $100 million jump in annual income. Given that it’s all voluntary contributions, what’s Lerner’s beef? I bet you can guess. First, her summary of the org’s IRS Form 990 . . .

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This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace: Mexico’s Extra-Judicial Killing Edition [Video NSFW]

The following story – republished with permission from borderlandbeat.com – chronicles an extra-judicial killing caught on tape. The soldiers involved are members of GATES, the Mexican Army’s Special Forces. Our source says that the Mexican Army in general and GATES in particular are known for their disinclination to take prisoners. This against the backdrop of Mexico’s notoriously corrupt judicial system. (Which explains but doesn’t excuse the murder.) Once again,I’d like to point out that Mexico’s lawlessness is directly related to their citizens’ lost gun rights . . .

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Manchester UK Gun Club Director “Spared Jail”

“A gun club director has been spared jail after he was caught flouting his weapons licence,” we learn via the good folks at manchestereveningnews.co.uk. And what, you ask, constitutes “flouting” firearms-wise in The Land of Hope and Glory?  “Police firearms licensing officers found Frank Wright, 67, was keeping ammunition in his bedroom when it should have been locked away in a box in his loft. They also found he had dangerous ‘hollow point’ ammunition – designed to expand on impact – which he wasn’t allowed to keep at all.” Note: his guns were legally secured. The ammunition was not. Spock, damage report. . .

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Open Carry Texas: A Tale of Two Law Enforcement Officers

Police Chief Art Acevedo is a political appointee. Sheriff Parnell McNamara was directly elected. Of course, that’s not the only difference between these two law enforcement officers, who both testified in the Texas Senate regarding bills enabling campus carry and open carry. Acevedo keeps the peace in liberal Austin. McNamara does his job in deep red McLennan County. Acevedo believes women shouldn’t be able to carry on campus because rapists would use the guns on their victims. McNamara believes armed citizens are the first responders. Period. It looks likely that both campus carry and permitted open carry will soon land on the governor’s desk for signature. Will Acevedo get the message and instruct his officers to leave open or campus carrying Austinites alone? Watch this space.


Housekeeping: TTAG Passes 200m Page Views on Its 5th Anniversary


I started The Truth About Guns five years ago to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns. I started with zero page views and zero unique readers. As of this writing we have 2.5 million unique readers per month, and we just passed 200 million page views. While I remain proud of and thankful for TTAG’s writers’ passion, perseverance, expertise and talent, I’d like to celebrate this milestone by highlighting our comments section . . .

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Question of the Day: Do Anti-Gunners Want You Dead?

(courtesy wallsofthecity.net)

Over at wallsofthecity.net, veteran gun blogger Linoge unearthed a gun control advocate who makes no bones about his desire to see gun owners wiped from the face of the earth. “Can someone explain why ‘Molon Labe’ isn’t considered a statement of terrorism and all who exclaim it to be jailed for inciting violence and treason?” Adam Mermer asks on his Facebook page. “It’s stating that they will murder police and soldiers. If that doesn’t deserve placement in front of a firing squad or a seat in an electric chair, nothing does.” Anti-gun extremism or the logical extension of the anti-gun ethos? In other words, do the people promoting civilian disarmament want gun owners to surrender their guns . . . or else?


Iraqi Army: 10k M-16s Are Not Enough

I’m not sure what’s up with all the administration’s chatter about the forthcoming – or not – assault on ISIS in Mosul. Why telegraph our military intentions to the enemy? Unless Obama’s Boyz are trying to deflect criticism that the President doesn’t have a plan for combatting the proto-Islamic caliphate’s killers ahead of the Congressional “debate” on the use of force authorization. Or maybe it’s a double fake . . .

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