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.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong: TTK Edition

Nope. That’s not a Glock, although it looks the same and uses some of its parts. Our friend Hyperprapor Alexandr (or is that Alexandr Hyperprapor) sent us a link to the AKBS TTK Less Lethal Pistol. “The TTK is a modernized version of the Russian TT pistol and it uses TT magazines,” the firearmblog.com reports. “It is chambered in the less-lethal 10х28mm rubber ball round but the company plans on producing a lethal 9x19mm version in the future.” And just in case that’s not confusing enough to confuse people (both shooters and law enforcement), “The 10x28mm less lethal round was developed to be as close as possible in shape to a conventional 9x19mm round. This allows 9mm pistols to be converted to a less lethal configuration.”


Guns and Inner City Kids: A Modest Proposal on Guns


“It’s protection. It’s power. It’s status.” It’s another article on gang violence where guns are blamed for “teen gun violence.” Not a cynical political system that maintains the status quo even as it pretends to challenge (and blame) “outsiders” for its failures. Not the poisoned fruit of that corrupt ecology: an educational system where teaching-jobs-for-life is the process and failure is the product. Like so many mindless media mooks, indystar.com‘s John Touey takes a look at a local shooting and focuses on the symptom rather than the disease. “For teenagers in some Indianapolis neighborhoods, the gun is king. It makes the bullied the boss, the bully more brazen — and the unguarded, dead . . .

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Quote of the Day: Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

“A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” – Florida Statute 776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm:


Ireland Spends €3m to Modernize Steyr Aug A1


“The Austrian-built Steyr Aug A1, introduced in 1988, is to undergo a revamp over three to four years to bring it into line with assault rifles used by armies like those of Britain and the United States,” independent.ie reports. “Some €3m [circa $4m] has been allocated this year but the Department of Defence is unable to give a total figure for the programme to modernise 6,000 assault rifles.” Well of course they can’t; Ireland’s central bank is on the hook for €3.1 billion every year until 2023. But at least they are able to say what they’re doing to the A1 . . .

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Gun Control Humor [UPDATED]


“That’s stupid,” Lola pronounced while I was uploading this. “Can you please turn it off? Is that stupid? I think that’s stupid. If you do put that video on your website say your [eight-year-old] daughter can not stand it.” [Update: the previous video was removed by the user after it appeared on TTAG. This one should play and play. Or not.]


Question of the Day: Would a Re-Elected Obama Move Against Guns?


We are in the midst of a gun sales surge within a gun sales surge. While there are plenty of reasons for the dramatic uptick, there’s no denying that the prospect of four more years of an Obama presidency gives millions of gun owners the heebie-jeebies. The thinking: a lame-duck Obama would do what he wanted to do all along re: firearms. Namely, champion gun control. Never mind legislative impotence. As the ATF’s court-delayed long gun registration scheme proves, the Prez could grab (i.e. restrict and regulate) guns by executive fiat. But is that actually true? Aside from the aforementioned illegal registry, the CIC has done nothing to roadblock this country’s move towards greater gun rights. If the President was going to crusade against guns, I reckon he would have done it in Phoenix [above]. Would a reinvigorated Obama dare touch what’s become the third rail in American politics? How realistic is the latest wave of gun-buying paranoia/wariness/common sense?


Self-Defense Tip: Keep Your Gun Safe

Every now and then TTAG commentators reveal that they keep multiple guns stashed in multiple places around the house. Nope. Not a good idea. While I don’t support any gun laws (except those relating to their criminal use), there’s a reason why some legislatures mandate that gun owners must keep their weapon under their direct control at all times, or locked-up. It’s the right thing to do. On at least three levels . . .

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George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Shooting

As you might expect, former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman is in hiding. Meanwhile, thanks to the Internet, the furor over the shooting of Trayvon Martin continues to spread and intensify. The Daily Caller reveals that “On Saturday, outspoken film director Spike Lee continued trying to bring attention to the case and Martin’s shooter. Lee has retweeted Zimmerman’s home address to his 245,000 followers at least twice since Friday.”


President Obama Pays $50k Per Afghan Shooting Spree Victim. In Theory.

“The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to [Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, above] in southern Afghanistan.” According to the AP, “The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor’s office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received $11,000 Lalai said. Community elder Jan Agha confirmed the same figures. They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Lalai said.” With 16 dead and six wounded, the bill comes to $800k for the families of the murder victims and $66k for the wounded. And at least twice that much to bribe the officials and tribal leaders who doled out the blood money. Just sayin’ . . .


OMG! A Gun! A State Senator with a Gun! Who Shows It To People! OMG!

Michigan State Senator Arlan Meekhof “made a dramatic show this week as he pulled back his coat to reveal his gun during a Senate committee meeting,” hollandsentinel.com reports. Dramatic perhaps. Illegal? No. Michigan is an open carry state. Although Michigan has enough firearms laws for all 50 states, the state house is not included in 28.425o (bottom of page 29) “Premises on which carrying concealed weapon prohibited.” Nor is the Lansing landmark listed on the Michigan State Police’s website’s guide to “Pistol Free Areas.” Still, it seems that Senator Meekhof’s decision to “flash”—not brandish—his penis-pointing pistol was worthy of a headline. If only he’d done it for the right reason . . .

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