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.

Costas to Gun Rights Advocates: FU and the Horse You Rode In On


Given the firestorm of criticism that’s rained down on Bob Costas after his half-time gun control rant, you’d kinda figure the NBC Sportscaster would follow TTAG’s advice re: post-defensive gun use. STFU. Nope. “I do not think the Second Amendment should be repealed and I do not think, under reasonable circumstances, that people should be prohibited from having guns,” Costas told nytimes.com. Sounds reasonable enough (to some). But— “I think most reasonable people think we do not have sufficient controls on the availability of guns and ammunition.” Which leads to . . .

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Gun Control Advocate Playing to Stereotypes. Literally.

“The sound of gunshots has been transformed into the sound of music in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez,” treehugger.com reports, “where artist Pedro Reyes turned 6,700 confiscated weapons into a complete orchestra of fully playable musical instruments. Reyes, who is based in Mexico City, worked with a group of six musicians to turn revolvers, shotguns, and machine guns into 50 wind, percussion, and string instruments, a project he calls ‘Imagine.’” Which is, IMHO, one of the treehuggingest songs ever written—and it isn’t even about trees. Give the instruments’ derivation, one wonder if Reys’ musicians shouldn’t be playing the theme song from Fast and Furious instead. Deep enough for you?

“There has never been a documented case of a dog killing a police officer” [Video NSFW]

“The same can’t be said for police killing dogs,” seattletimes.com opines. “According to the National Canine Research Council, up to half of the intentional shootings by police involve dogs. Sometimes, the animals have been injured and need to be put out of their misery. Sometimes, they are vicious and killed for reasons of public or officer safety. But mostly, they die tragically and needlessly, victims of misunderstanding, prejudice or simple convenience, according to animal-rights and behavior experts.” I wonder if the cops’ hit ratio is as piss poor as it is for two-legged perps. [Although not in this case above.] Mike Carter’s story is decidedly pro-dog and anti-cop, based on a deeply disturbing August 2011 Department of Justice report The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and  Encounters. To which Carter adds the local angle . . .

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A Reader Reports from the Hartford CT Gun Buyback

Jesse Buchanan writes:

I was standing out in the cold on Saturday afternoon offering cash for guns, and I wasn’t having much luck. I was crashing someone else’s party ‑ it was a gun buy-back program in Hartford, Connecticut sponsored by some hospitals, non-profits and the local police. The newspaper had advertised that there’d be a $25 Walmart gift card for any working long guns turned in ‑ I figured if there’s going to be people getting fleeced, I want to be holding the shears. What would people say to $40 in cash on the spot? . . .

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It Should Have Been A DGU: Just About Every Episode of “I Survived” Edition

In the full version of the clip above, the 23-year-old Empire State gunman executes Scott’s buddy. Bang. Just like that. In a world where all Americans exercised their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, every episode of I Survived involving a depraved attacker would end after five minutes. “So I managed to get my gun out and shot him.” If I ran Ruger I’d sponsor the whole damn series and run ads during every break. FWIW. Meanwhile, in last night’s episode, one of the vignettes focused on a BG killing a family with a shotgun. The mother said “you can’t hunt with a pistol grip shotgun.” As if her daughter would still be alive if only the psychopath didn’t have a pistol grip on his shotgun. Go figure. [h/t JC. Click here for the Bio Channel's I Survived webpage. Warning: autoplays video.]

Question of the Day: Do You Worry About Over-Penetration?

Feel free to add snickering snarkasm below. When you’re done with that, riddle me this: are you concerned about ammo over-penetration during a self-defense scenario? Given the 5.56 round’s performance, I’ve always considered my AR-15 an “outside toy” and relied on my Benelli M2 (loaded with Winchester PDX1-12) for home defense duty—even though I can’t imagine that 1 oz. slug would be inordinately detained by drywall. More generally, are you worried about hitting an innocent downrange when you’re facing a lethal threat at bad breath distances? To the point where you load frangible ammo in your AR or carry hollow-points in your handgun? If not, why not?

KC Sportswriter Jason Whitlock: The NRA is the New KKK

The sportswriter who “inspired” NBC’s Bob Costas to parrot his gun control rhetoric (re: NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide) has called the National Rifle Association “the new KKK.”  In an interview with Roland Martin [click here for the podcast], scribe Jason Whitlock lets loose the dogs of war on the NRA. “I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture – I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].” Whitlock may not have gone as far as he wanted in his original article, but here, he goes even further . . .

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