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.

Self-Defense Tip: Expect to Screw-Up [VIDEO NSFW]

In the liveleak.com video above, a knife-wielding Palestinian woman gets an up-close-and-personal lesson in terminal wound ballistics. Eventually. There’s plenty to learn here. What really caught my eye (obviously): the soldier accidentally ejecting her mag. Oops! And pointing her rifle at her comrades. Oops! If force-on-force training has taught me one thing . . .

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Gun Tweet of the Day: White House Thinks There Are Too Many Guns In America

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Well they would say that, wouldn’t they, what with the President’s post-Umpqau pronouncement that it’s more-than-OK to politicize the shooting. A statement he made before the bodies were even cold. Or the facts of the crime revealed. Not to mention his attaboy to the UK and Australia for their ban ‘n confiscate approach to mass shootings. The pro-gun side has taken this Tweet as an ominous sign that the President will act to take away Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms . . .

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Guns Are OK. Like Totally [VIDEO]

This video gives gun rights advocates reasons to be cheerful. If someone like first-time shooter Ashley Engles is OK with guns, then the kids are alright; giving our firearms freedom future an extra degree of protection. Lest we forget, low- to no-information voters determine America’s political landscape. While most Americans who can be bothered to vote know that the Constitution’s Second Amendment protects their right to have a gun, a significant percentage couldn’t tell you . . .

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“Navy SEAL” Cited in Anti-NRA, Anti-Concealed Carry Stories Guilty of Stolen Valor

Navy SEAL insignia (courtesy military-insignia.us)

We recently highlighted two stories claiming that concealed carry is a dangerous delusion: thenation.com‘s Tactical Experts Destroy the NRA’s Heroic Gunslinger Fantasy and rawstory.com‘s Combat veterans shoot down NRA ‘fantasy world’ of ‘good guys with guns’. Both stories rely on the opinion of one Stephen Benson, who claimed to be a Navy SEAL. Nope. Over on Facebook, a man named Don Shipley published a post revealing that Mr. Benson is guilty of stolen valor . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: No Waffling in Charleston

Waffle House on Dorchster Road in North Charlestown VA (courtesy postandcourier.com)

“North Charleston police are investigating an early morning robbery at a Waffle House restaurant in which the suspected robber was shot by a customer,” postandcourier.com reports. “’He saved us, that’s what he did’” a Waffle House employee said.” You can’t get any clearer than that can you? Actually, maybe you can. “[The robber is in critical condition at Medical University Hospital, police spokeswoman Angela Johnson told The Post and Courier. The customer who intervened had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Johnson said. ‘It’s says something about firearms,’ a uniformed officer said, ‘for good people with firearms being in the right hands.'” Yes. Yes it does. [h/t JP]


UT Students to Pack Dildos at Campus Carry Protest


“Hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin will protest a new law [that] will allow more guns on campus not with signs or sit-ins, but by strapping gigantic swinging dildos to their backpacks,” chron.com reports. Hundreds? Gigantic? Swinging? That remains to be seen. Literally. I am so there. If “hundreds” of students wielding dildos gather on campus on August 24, 2016 to protest against campus carry, the resulting news coverage will reach new heights in anti-gun inanity. And that’s saying something. Even better, there’s a chance that . . .

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Ben Carson Is Right: Disarmament Enabled the Holocaust

Presidential candidate Ben Carson caught major flack for stating that German civilian disarmament enabled the Holocaust. Anti-gun commentators and Jewish organizations alike condemned the statement. To its eternal shame, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying “the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate . . . gun control did not cause the Holocaust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.” See what they did there? Conflating cause and methodology. The truth is . . .

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Question: Is It Too Easy to Buy A Gun?

I think not. It’s extremely difficult to buy a gun. There are dozens upon dozens of excellent firearms deserving of a buyer’s hard-earned money. How do you choose? Do you address the challenge intellectually or surrender to your emotions? And then there are financial considerations (and related relationship concerns). Like life itself, buying a gun is a bitch. And then you marry one. But that’s me. Twice. What about you? Do you find buying a gun easy?


Quote of the Day: Piers Morgan Edition


“I speak as someone who loves America and loves Americans. But having been brought up in a country where there are no guns, the one thing that you’re completely struck by when you come to America is the amount of paranoia and fear that infests daily life in almost every sphere of American society because of the presence of guns.” – Pier Morgan quoted in Piers Morgan on gun control: ‘To me, doing nothing is unconscionable’ [via pri.org]


Text of President Obama’s Remarks on Umpqua Community College Shooting

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To say that conservative Roseberg Oregon wasn’t receptive to President Obama’s post-Umpqua Community College mass shooting visit would be like saying that The Campaign to Stop Gun Violence isn’t very happy about open carry (which was in evidence in Roseburg this afternoon). And so both the White House and mainstream media downplayed his visit. The ever-faithful washingtonpost.com told readers . . .

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Anti-Gunners Vandalize Texas Firearms Festival Austin Billboard

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Press release from The Texas Firearms Festival

Person or persons unknown have defaced an Austin-area billboard for the Texas Firearms Festival, scheduled for November 14 and 15. The vandals obscured some of the text on the sign on East 11th St. It now reads “Texas Fear Festival.” The show’s organizers are amused but not amazed at the transformation . . .

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Virginia Gun Group Launches Intimidation Campaign in Maclean, VA. Allegedly.

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Campaign to Stop Gun Violence Press Release:

VCDL rallies armed pro-gun activists to attend meeting of McLean Citizens Association

McLean, VA—The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a radical pro-gun group based out of Midlothian, Virginia, rallied numerous pro-gun activists to travel to McLean last night to attend a meeting of The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) during which the location of a gun store next to a local elementary school was discussed. The nature of the VCDL response, which included armed individuals and a customized RV depicting a threatening image of Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui-Cho, made it clear the that effort was intended to intimidate McLean residents and elected officials who want the store to relocate . . .

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