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.

“I saw this story today about the NYPD telling women what to wear to avoid sexual predators in the area. Just imagine if the women could carry concealed instead.”


The above comment came in an email with a link to a Wall Street Journal story A Thin Line on Skirts: “Note to women in the South Park Slope and surrounding Brooklyn: You might want to think twice before wearing shorts or skirts when you walk home alone at night. That’s the message some women say police officers are spreading as they step up patrols in the area in response to at least 10 unsolved sexual attacks that have taken place since March.”


What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Heli-Hog Hunting Edition

foxnews.comhas a report on the new “sport” of hunting hogs from a helicopter. [Make the jump for the video.] Vermin, revenue, yada, yada, yada. I hate small aircraft. I love rifles. And never the twain shall meet. As Mark himself warned, “There are no accidents, all things have a deep and calculated purpose; sometimes the methods employed by Providence seem strange and incongruous, but we have only to be patient and wait for the result: then we recognize that no others would have answered the purpose, and we are rebuked and humbled.” And/or dead. [h/t to Todd Vandermyde for the link]

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Judge Burns: Medicate Jared Lee Loughner Some More

Click here for U.S. District Judge Alan Burn’s ruling that the feds may continue to forcibly medicate spree killer Jared Lee Loughner beyond the original four-month period approved by the Court. I’ve already written about this abuse of government power. TTAG legal eagle Chris Dumm responds to yesterday’s decision: “That’s what we lawyers call a ‘results-driven’ opinion, where each decision against the defendant is based on multiple excuses. This guarantees that the results of the decision will stand, regardless of the infirmity of any of the individual grounds, unless *all* of them are overturned. So the government has searched again and again for a way to forcibly medicate this nutjob, and they’ve finally found one that avoids the protection ordered by the Ninth Circuit. Loughner will be medicated until the jury wont be able to see how crazy he might have been. And then they’ll execute him. Sent from my iPhone.”


ATF Death Watch 91: More Gunwalker Revelations; DOJ Considers Eliminating ATF


When you’ve got bad news, release it on Friday. The White House followed that dictum yesterday by surrendering carefully selected documents to Congressional investigators exploring the link between Operation Fast and Furious and the Obama Administration. CBS has obtained records that prove that then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office (and Fast and Furious coordinator) Bill Newell and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly were schmoozing about F&F by phone and email. [Click here for the pdf.] The White House said the two men never discussed the fact that ATF guns were walking. Riiiiight. That’s why O’Reilly’s now in Iraq, “on assignment,” where he can’t be contacted . . .

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Note to Sipsey Street Irregulars: Please Shoot Down Anti-Zetas Gunwalker Analysis

Mike Vanderboegh, one of the gun bloggers credited with keeping the Gunwalker investigation rolling, doesn’t give any credence to my contention that the ATF’s stingless sting reflected Uncle Sam’s hard-on for Los Zetas (the vicious anti-Calderon cartel). The Sipsey Street Irregular believes that ATF was motivated by their passion for power, money and gun grabbing. Directed by the White House as part of the Obama administration’s desire to drum-up public support for their “under the radar” attack on the Second Amendment. They are not incompatible analyses. A recent New York Post editorial on Fast and Furious puts them both forward. However . . .

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Lead Ammunition is Safe! For Now . . .

Last year, the Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CBD wanted to force the EPA to ban lead ammunition. To quote Sgt. Carter, diss-missed! As you’ll no doubt recall from our August 2010 post on the proposed ban, the CBD’s petition included lead ammo and fishing tackle lead on their hit list. Sportsmen responded in [symbolic] force; hunters, target shooters, fishermen and their proxies overwhelmed the EPA with comments and feedback. None of it particularly supportive. Shortly after the petition was filed, the EPA rejected the portion relating to lead ammunition . . .

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A Way Too Stupid Question for the Question of the Day But Fun Nevertheless: Could a Handgun Have Taken Down a Dinosaur?

When Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior pitted zombies against vampires only the most die-hard fan knew one of the best firearms-related shows in the history of the world ever had jumped the shark. Not that I mind dumb gun questions; they’re one of the main reasons God invented cigars. Here’s one (a story) that I stumbled on earlier (fans of reality should look away now): Could a Handgun Have Taken Down a Dinosaur? I’m expecting a .50 Classic Desert Eagle for T&E any day now, so, obviously, this has been on my mind. That said, The Straight Dope must have been smoking some to think anything less than a “Goalkeeper” [above] would do-in a Rex reliably. Your thoughts? [Make the jump for some stupid stuff about shooting a T Rex from Stephen Templar’s magnum opus rexGun.]

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ATF Death Watch 90: ATF Fast and Furious Epic Fail Hits Home

I don’t like the term “epic fail.” It’s misused almost as frequently as “awesome”—which should be reserved for something so impressive that contemplating its existence is like standing mute in the face of God. But the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious is an epic fail. It involves at least eight major U.S. federal law enforcement agencies: ATF, DEA, FBI, DOJ, CPB, ICE, IRS, DHS, CIA. That’s because the ATF’s “guns for goons” program was part of a wider America effort to get a handle on the American-financed (however inadvertently) Mexican drug wars. You know; the wars between the cartels, both with and against the Mexican government. The Obama administration’s government-wide covert effort has been—and will be—a failure of enormous magnitude. The chickens are already come home to roost . . .

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How to Screw Up a Perfectly Good AK


Our friends at Advanced Armament Corporation are happy to sell a silencer to owners of the legendary AK series Russian rifle, provided your state doesn’t have a thing about quiet[er] guns and you fill out the necessary paperwork and you send AAC money for the can. But the silencer maker doesn’t recommend it. “Looser tolerances” and all that: “Most AK type rifles have M14x1LH threads for the flash hider. However, many times there is not a straight line on an AK and these flash hider threads may not be concentric to the bore. With a Flash Hider, this is not going to be as big an issue. Add a silencer to off-center threads and you can get end cap or baffle strikes. For this reason we do not make a muzzle device for mounting silencers threaded M14x1LH.” But wait! There’s more! Or less. More or less . . .

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Gun Tweet of the Day: The Onion Pwns Capitol Police Edition

“Capitol Police were not amused by tweets and an article written by the satirical newspaper The Onion falsely reporting that members of Congress had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage,” the AP reports. Falsely? I think the word is “imaginatively.” Here’s The Onion article’s lede: “Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.” Obviously, it was a joke. Given America’s unfunded entitlement programs, they’d demand WAY more than that. Anyway, it’s The Onion’s masterful use of Tweets that really got the Cap cops’ knickers in a twist . . .

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