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.

Boston Police Targeting Toy Guns

“Police plan to target replica guns and the inappropriate use of scooters, mopeds, and off-road vehicles to keep Boston streets safe from violence this summer,” bostonglobe.com reports. “Commissioner William B. Evans revealed his plan as Boston approaches the Memorial Day weekend with 11 homicides on record for the year.” Wait. What? Surely that’s not the BPD’s answer to Beantown’s “gun violence”? Don’t call me Shirley and check it out . . .

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Salon’s Firmin Debrabander on Gun Control: More Opinions, Less Facts

Firmin Debrander (courtesy youtube.com)

Gun control advocates have attacked John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime since the work first appeared. None has taken it down. No surprise there. To do so would require an advanced degree in statistics. So Lott’s detractors have been left flailing about, countering his chart-laden conclusions with less well-researched though equally turgid (sorry John) studies. Surprisingly, Firmin Debrabander takes another whack at MGLC. In a salon.com article entitled The right’s big gun lie: Debunking the phony case that more guns will stop crime, Debrabander ends up promoting gun ownership [paragraph breaks added] . . .

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Question of the Day: Is the Anti-Gun Media Fading?

(courtesy The Truth About Guns)

RIP: Over 100 newspapers dumped in year, ads down 50%, circulation hits bottom, washingtonexaminer.com‘s headline proclaims. In other words, print is dead. But that’s not all. What’s commonly called broadcast TV is losing audience share, as younger people turn to the Internet for their news and entertainment. The so-called mainstream media’s influence is fading, replaced by a multiplicity of independent voices. This website’s monthly readership, for example, is three times larger than the Washington Post’s print circulation. Yes, but – the mainstream media magnates are spreading their anti-gun agitprop through the intertubz. So who’s winning the war for gun rights? Those who tell the truth about guns or the same old cast of characters bent on selling the same old statism? Is time running out for the antis?


Rev. Creech to the NRA: Uphold NC Sunday Hunting Ban

Reverend Mark Creech (courtesy truthwinsout.org)

Dear National Rifle Association,

I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you’ve stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation’s Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. As you know, there is currently legislation under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly that would repeal North Carolina’s 145 year-old Sunday hunting ban . . .

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UT Chancellor McRaven: Campus Carry Would Hurt Teacher Recruiting

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“Campus carry could hurt Texas universities’ ability to recruit and retain quality faculty, and could drive up tuition, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said in a letter sent to state representatives a day before the legislation hits the House floor for debate,” chron.com reports. Could. How many times have we heard gun rights opponents Chicken Little legislation seeking to restore Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Every time. This time, the UT jefe wants lawmakers to believe that “allowing” campus carry would discourage qualified teaching candidates from applying for employment within the system. In fact . . .

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Question of the Day: Still Having Fun?

Underneath this morning’s post Random Thoughts About A Liberal Gun Owner TTAG commentator JohnF wrote: “I used to get a thrill from [shooting] in my youth. But no longer. Shooting is a pain in the a-s. It’s expensive and time consuming and I always wind up running into someone who has either a ‘gun-ego’ problem or worse, a safety compliance problem. Then I have to clean the damn things. I still do it for skill improvement, but I hate it. I much prefer dry firing at home.” I LOVE shooting. It always lifts my spirits, to the point where “a bad day at the range beats a good day anywhere else” is an operative adage. True for you too or is it a case of The Thrill Is Gone?


Random Thoughts About A Liberal Gun Owner

Glasser police reports (courtesy xojane.com)

Over on a site called xojane.com a self-confessed Texas liberal explains her decision to purchase a firearm. “For years, I was what we lefties in Texas refer to as, ‘A bright blue dot in a big red state.’ I believe in recycling, social services, a woman’s right to choose, and immigration. I spent a lot of time defending these things around my red friends, and bemoaning this defense around my fellow blue dots. And then I bought a gun, and everything changed. I was shamed by the blue dots and consoled by the red. I turned purple.” Well, now, hang on a minute . . .

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OMG! A Gun Store! Near a School! OMG!

Future home of a gun store? (courtesy Facebook.com)

“An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop,” wjla.com reports. “McLean-based Nova Firearms has announced it’s opening a new store in that empty space this summer. Building owner Kostas Kapasouris says, ‘They want to have exclusive, expensive sporting goods and I guess that probably includes expensive guns.’ Kapasouris confirms a lease has been signed but he insists the community is overwhelmingly opposed to a gun shop being here . . .

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“Progress” Doesn’t Mean What Gun Control Advocates Think It Means

“Twenty-year-old Christopher Martinez was fatally shot around 9:30 a.m. a year ago, on May 23, 2014,” newsweek.com reports, in an article entitled Gun Safety Progress Seen a Year After Santa Barbara Rampage. “He was one of six people killed by a gunman during a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara that also injured at least a dozen others.” Predictably enough, the lead leads readers to believe that all the victims of the Santa Barbara attack were shot to death or injured by gunfire. Nope . . .

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When Seconds Count, Canadian Cops Are an Hour Away

Roger Lepage points to door descration (courtesy cbc.ca)

“A Regina couple received a rude awakening during the early hours of Victoria Day,” cbc.ca reports. Roger Lepage [above] says his wife awoke at around 4 a.m. CST when she heard a banging on the front door. Thinking it was their daughter returning home, Lepage said his wife went outside to see what was going on. Instead of their daughter they found an apparently intoxicated man with no shoes trying to break into their home in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood [pop. 7720].” So Mssr. Lepage called the police. In the intervening hour, the situation escalated . . .

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TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter’s Design for the Cabot 1911’s Dust Cover

Otto Carter TTAG Project Gun 1911 dust cover design (courtesy The Truth About Skill)


Quick! Where’s the “dust cover” on a 1911? Make the jump for an image ID’ing the part on my favorite Cabot: a prototype stainless steel 1911. (Dibs!) Master Engraver Otto Carter devised the pattern for TTAG’s Project Gun: a Cabot S-Class 1911 engraved in the Victorian Aesthetic style. At least one member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia has suggested that Art Nouveau would be more appropriate. But I reckon you’ve got give an artist of Otto’s caliber his freedom. This is not his first engraved gun rodeo. Nor, we suspect, will it be his last . . .

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Washington Post Champions Gun Rights – In Its Own Special Way

FNS-9C (courtesy Rhonda Little for The Truth About Guns)

“District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. last week gutted the system police use to determine who should be allowed a permit to bear a concealed weapon in the District,” the Washington Post’s editorial board recounts. “At issue is the provision that gives police discretion in granting gun permits by requiring applicants to state a good reason why they need to carry a weapon in public.” The “good cause” provision of D.C.’s “may issue” concealed carry laws are only “at issue” amongst those who seek to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Like the Washington Post. But sometimes your enemy is your friend . . .

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