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.

Garland TX Cop Fires 41 Rounds At Fleeing Felon

Two NYPD beat cops caused a bit of a stir recently when they wounded nine innocent bystanders on a busy Manhattan Street. Imagine what would have happened if it had been a civilian, gun control advocates argued. Nine people wouldn’t have been shot, people familiar with civilian defensive gun use (DGU) replied. Additional evidence of the existence and impact of trigger-happy cops: the baseball-sized hole in Pedro Fez’ window in Mesquite Texas. Luckily, the unnamed Garland PD officer who drilled Fez’ crib and shot and [eventually] killed Michael Vincent Allen didn’t take out a law-abiding taxpayer. But it wasn’t for lack of not not trying. We’re talking 41 shots. One officer, and one officer only. “Garland police will continue its internal investigation to determine if the officer involved ‘was in compliance with applicable departmental general orders,'” crimeblog.dallasnews.com. My money’s on a big thumbs up. Which gets a big thumbs down here.


What Does STRATFOR Have Against the Second Amendment?


You may remember STRATFOR as the “global intelligence” service recently hacked by Anonymous. The electronic interlopers scarfed STRATFOR’s customer list and all its internal emails (the most damning of which appeared on wikileaks). As part of its recovery from that $1.75m debacle STRATFOR has been upping the number of posts advising Average Joes how to deal with active shooters, workplace killers and terrorist threats. It’s pretty standard stuff: amp-up the situational awareness; run, hide, fight; and never give up. The most recent version by Scott Stewart—When Things Go Bad—includes a brief discussion of MDACC (motion, distance, angle, cover and concealment). Which reminds me: why isn’t STATFOR recommending that Americans facing the threat of violence exercise their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms by carrying a gun? The last thing STRATFOR’s clients need is advice from a toothless sheepdog. Just sayin’ . . .


NYC Soda Size Ban. More Guns, Less Bloomberg?

Holy Nanny State Batman! Bloomberg’s banned big sodas! Or, to paraphrase George Taylor, they finally really did it. I know The New York City Board of Health’s decision to prohibit delis, restaurants and movie theaters from selling sugary drinks above 16 oz. isn’t particularly “gun.” But the same Nanny State ethic that created this absurd intrusion into personal liberty sustains gun control legislation wherever it rears its ugly head. Equally if lamentably, people tend to push back against the government’s small stupid shit rather than the big issue stuff. A backlash against a soda size ban could well foster a Mad as Hell Get Off My Lawn Gimme My Goddamn Gun spirit that could sweep away New York City’s draconian carry laws. As Joni Mitchell famously sang that sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. The soda size ban could be, in short, an awakening. As such, perversely enough, it is welcome. [h/t Ahron]


Spock! Damage Report! We’ve Lost the PS90 Captain

Dammit Jim, I’m a shooter not an aesthetician! Just as well, really, ’cause the FN PS90 isn’t the most attractive rifle in the world. Still, the strangely-chambered bullpup has plenty of followers (so to speak). PS90 fans are just like AR-15 adherents (and my nine-year-old- fashion-crazed daughter): they like their accessories. So they’re gonna dig Damage Industries‘ extended optic rail which “makes it possible to mount accessories and illumination devices forward of the receiver while keeping them clear of your peripheral vision/target acquisition and inside the natural firing and manipulation positions” and “allows laser aiming modules to be mounted on the same axis as the optic for increased accuracy.” We recommend ear protection against comments from bemused People of the Gun. Either that or a little trigger time for the skeptics. Scotty! I need more bullets!  [Click here for TTAG’s PS90 review.]


Statement from RECOIL on Jerry Tsai’s Resignation

Source Interlink Media (SIM) today announced it had accepted the resignation of Recoil editor Jerry Tsai. Mr. Tsai will leave Recoil effective immediately.

SIM, a leading men’s interest media company, will continue to publish Recoil, a gun lifestyle magazine that has to date proven to be a highly popular new title in the firearms sector.

“SIM gives its editors a lot of freedom in terms of how they run their brands,” said Chris Argentieri, President of Source Interlink Media. “In this particular case, however, mistakes have been made, and Mr. Tsai is stepping down.

“There should be absolutely no misunderstanding that Recoil is fully supportive of, and committed to, Second Amendment rights,” Mr. Argentieri added.

Mr. Argentieri also announced Joe Galloway, Associate Publisher, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, has been suspended until further notice.

SIM is actively seeking a new editor for Recoil, and looks forward to improving its approach to responsibly delivering engaging gun enthusiast content with the next issue and beyond.


It Should Have Been a DGU: Rabid Beaver Edition


I’m not a big fan of nature. It’s filled with animals operating under the assumption that “territorial means never having to say you’re sorry.” Nature is also home to billions of bugs ready, willing and able to risk their lives to have a piece of you. Just as I don’t feel comfortable exploring new Boston bars without ballistic ballast, I wouldn’t dream of communing with nature without a gun. Paranoid much, you ask? Yeah well, clock this from washingtonexaminer.com. “The [15] kids were fishing when a beaver was spotted approaching a dock where about four or five children were located, a nature center staff member who witnessed the incident told Fairfax County Park Authority spokeswoman Judy Pedersen . . .

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UN Arms Trade Treaty Lives


The following article by Alan Korwin (a.k.a., the Uninvited Ombudsman) is republished here with the author’s permission. Click here for more info on Alan’s advocacy.

The lamestream media told you that the UN Arms Trade Treaty ended in failure, as the parties could not reach agreement before their self-imposed deadline. A dull sentiment of remorse fell over the conference as high hopes for an agreement ended dashed. Both Hillary and Barack withdrew their support in the eleventh hour when it became apparent the agreement would not be finalized. The Huffington Post blamed the Obama administration for the failure, and also the NRA which it said spread “lies”; USA Today blamed it on the U.S., Russia and China, who asked for more time to review the draft. The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that . . .

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Jerry Tsai Resigns from RECOIL Magazine

From RECOIL’s website:

It is with deep sorrow that I announce I am stepping down as editor of Recoil, effective immediately.

It is very difficult for me to walk away from something I helped create, something that I loved doing, and something I firmly believed would appeal to a fresh new generation of gun enthusiasts, but I accept that the comments in my story in the current issue have made my position as editor of Recoil untenable.

With that said, Recoil is bigger than any one person, and if my departure will allow Recoil to continue to grow and engage gun enthusiasts, then stepping down as editor is clearly the right thing for me to do.

I accept I made mistakes, and I apologize unreservedly for calling Recoil’s support for Second Amendment rights into question.

While I understand the passions aroused over this incident, the deeply hurtful words from some of my fellow gun enthusiasts have been painful to endure. I hope now we can all move on.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have supported me over the past few days. These are the people who know me to be at heart a passionate gun enthusiast whose dream was to make something bold and new in firearms media.

Jerry Tsai


New Britain CT Gun Rights: Good News/Bad News


New Britain. Gun rights. How ironic is that? In “old” Britain a resident cannot buy or own a firearm for self-defense. In New Britain (Connecticut not Papua New Guinea), a resident with a pistol permit can’t conceal carry his or her firearm. They have to display it openly. In the gun-aversive Constitution State (go figure) that’s like trying not to watch as Candice Swanepoel frolic under a waterfall as she shows off her body in a dazzling jeweled bikini. Where was I? Oh yes, that was before. Yesterday, the new Britain Common Council voted 13-0 to approve an ordinance allowing concealed carry. “New Britain was the last municipality in Connecticut requiring residents to carry legal firearms openly,” norwichbulletin.com reports. Winning? Well . . .

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New From Do All Outdoors: Self-Healing 3-D Prairie Dog Target

As a high testosterone male I’m not very good at multi-tasking (allegedly). And I’m pretty damn competitive and not a little bit aggressive. A bullseye target is good but a little too . . . intellectual. Let me put it this way: I never hit a golf ball so far or so accurately as I did when the guy in the golf cart shark cage drove onto the driving range. When it comes to shooting I like “singing steel” (as Nick so eloquently put it in his review of the McMillan Tactical Hunter). So the idea of taking shots at a 3-D self-healing prairie dogs pushes all kinds of buttons for me. I mean just look at the snooty little bastard. If Do-All Outdoors could make a system that has the dogs popping-up from underground like Ye Olde Whack-A-Mole, oh man . . .