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.

Kendall Jones: Game On! The Future of Hunting Shows! Or Not!

Gentlemen — OFWGs who know who you are — don’t give me that “there’s 11:18 of my life I’ll never get back.” BS. Think of the children! The ones for whom vines.com‘s six second videos seem like an eternity. Let’s celebrate the fact that Texas Tech cheerleader, huntress and YouTube proto-sensation Kendall Jones teaches these Khardasian-raised firearms enthusiasts one rule of gun safety: “when traveling with a gun you always want it pointed in the air.” Close enough! The PR company [metaphorically] behind Kendall reckon this video’s been seen by 100k peeps. The YouTube counter counts 48k at the time of writing. Who cares? Not to coin a phrase, game on!


OMG! High School Students Posted Facebook Pics With GUNS! OMG!

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“A picture posted to Facebook is stirring up controversy at a Massachusetts high school after two high school sweethearts posed with large airsoft guns before their homecoming dance last week,” necn.com reports. “‘We took them with the airsoft guns because it’s our hobby, and we wanted to include them,'” now-suspended Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School student Jamie Pereira said.” Wait. What? There were no threats in the photo or caption and besides, what jurisdiction does a public school have regarding students’ non-school-related Facebook posts? What possibly justification for the suspension? Glad you asked . . .

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Question of the Day: Will Gun Guys Vote Anti-Gunners Out of Office?

The upcoming 2014 mid-term elections aren’t the first time pro-gun voters have had a chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box, post-Newtown knee-jerk gun control legislation. You may recall Colorado’s 2013 recall election. Voters punted State Senate President John Morse and State Senator Angela Giron, two Democratic pols who supported the Rocky Mountain State’s post-Newtown “high capacity” ammunition magazine ban and “universal background checks” (and new fees for same). Bills Governor Hickenlooper signed. And then regretted signing. Or not. And now the Hickster’s in the frame, staring down the barrel of unemployment . . .

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Ares Armor CEO Sues San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. for Facebook Censorship

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Dimitrios Karras [above] isn’t shy about coming forward, as the Brits are wont to say. The Ares Armor CEO has been fighting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) ever since the agency SWATted his digs re: Ares’ 80 percent AR lowers. Karras has now expanded his fight to defend his/our Constitutional rights and, lets face it, generate publicity/sales, to a new front: the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Karras is pissed that the SDSD has deleted his posts on their Facebook page because the comments . . .

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Sandy Hook Janitor Was Supposed to Lock Doors From the Outside for Active Shooter

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One of the most infuriating aspects of the Sand Hook Elementary School massacre: the information blackout in its immediate aftermath. The cynical amongst you might say that the results of the investigation into the tragedy were delayed long enough for Governor Malloy and his boyz to ram through gun control laws – despite the fact that none of the new laws – not one of them – would have prevented Adam Lanza’s heinous crime. Key details of the police response (e.g. their delayed entry into the school) were withheld from the public. The crime scene was literally bulldozed before experts could use it to learn lessons for future attacks. And now, almost two years later, we note that the school’s active shooter plan was fatally flawed. Literally . . .

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Actively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Gang-Banger Bangs His Bad Self Edition

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“Reputed gang member shoots self with own sawed-off shotgun [not shown],” foxnews.com reports. So if you’re a “reputed gang member” (i.e. a gang banger) your gun doesn’t just “go off.” You actually shoot yourself. “It appears that Mcbride was in a home when he heard gunshots, put a sawed-off shotgun in his pants and went outside to investigate. When Mcbride tried to draw the gun, he pulled the trigger and shot himself.” Hey, what have we been saying about always using a proper holster? Which brings us to this revelation: “Police say Saturday night, another gang member accidentally wounded himself while threatening someone with a revolver.” Negligently! Sigh. So close . . . [h/t TP]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Galen Hawk

My name is Robert Farago and I approve of this animated recreation of the Lonato Moran-Allen’s manslaughter at the hands of gun owner Galen Hawk. I reckon it’s not enough to know that a gun owner’s negligence caused a fatality. The written details of a negligent discharge – available for this tragedy at missoulian.com – don’t seem to have sufficient power to alter dangerous firearms-related behavior for some irresponsible owners. Some people have to fully imagine, to visualize the carnage and heartbreak caused by a negligent discharge, to let it sear their subconscious, in order to remember to practice all four safety rules at all times. That said, tens of millions of American firearms owners, the vast majority, are responsible gun owners. They would no more point a gun at a child than throw them down a flight of stairs. Still, if this sort of video saves one life, it’s worth it. Yes? [h/t SD'I]


The Militia Clause vs. Santa Claus [Santa Spoiler Alert]

The video above ties itself in rhetorical knots to prove that the right to keep and bear arms mooted by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was not – and is not – restricted to members of a militia. Well duh. A militia needs a right to keep and bear arms like a politician needs a right to be a pompous ass. Or an anti-gunner needs a right to ignore common sense (while claiming it for his or her own). Yes, there is that. The antis believe that . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: When Shotguns Attack! Edition

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‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s kcci.com proclaims. More promisingly – in terms of attributing the firearms-related injury to something other than a malevolent inanimate object – the lead reveals that “A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen while pheasant hunting Saturday morning in Plymouth County.” Ouch! But don’t get to thinking that kcci.com’s crack journos would use this as an opportunity to warn readers about gun safety, rather than gun possession (in the demonic sense) . . .

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WI Small Town Police Go MRAP-Happy!


“I’ve been involved in about five standoff situations where, as soon as the MARV showed up, the person gives up, saving time, money and increasing safety.” That’s Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean paean to his 2001 Marathon County Response Vehicle (MARV), which gets a lot more use than you’d imagine or, perhaps, want. “It’s the only one in the county and gets used 10 to 20 times a year,” Bean told jsonline.com. “People may not always understand why, but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now.” Almost a necessity does not a necessity make. In at least one case, however, MARV seems to have done the trick. The trick being intimidation . . .

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UK Cops to Subjects: Surrender Your Guns! Again. Still.

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In America, they’re called “gun buybacks.” Technically, they’re not buybacks. The police, politicians, gun grabbers and corporate do-gooders perpetuating this brand of security theater – where Americans turn in broken-ass guns for cash, gift cards and/or kudos – never owned the guns in the first place. So it’s really a “buy-up.” Of course, “gun buy-up” doesn’t have the same PC ring to it. In fact, the term hints at the truth of the matter: the “no questions asked” buyback folks are creating a black market for stolen guns. Anyway . . .

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Despite Terrorist Attack, Canadian Honor Guard Remains Unarmed

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After Islamic terrorist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders standing guard at Ottawa’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Canadian government removed the honor guard from the National War Memorial. In an official ceremony, the Guard was restored on Friday. “Officials said sentries will not be issued live weapons despite Wednesday’s attack,” ottawacitizen.com reports, “as the position is ceremonial. Instead, National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the sentries will be under ‘constant police surveillance.'” A decision supported by many Canadian pols, including a former astronaut (yes another one) who understands the wider implications of arming soldiers to defend themselves against lethal threats – but recoils in horror at the thought . . .

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