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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.

Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Talk to Strangers

From TTAG Commentator Magoo:

Very often, robberies and assaults are not cold calls. The potential perp will first approach you with some pretense — asking for a dollar, for directions, for a ride, etc. This person is some combination of desperate, mentally disturbed, and criminal, and in these first few moments he’s deciding whether he might rob you, or whether or not you are Satan, or that maybe he’d like to kick your ass for the hell of it.

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Gun Tweet of the Day; “They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?”

My grandparents died in a Nazi death camp. My father barely survived a Nazi labor camp. He was starved, beaten unconscious (several times), worked beyond exhaustion and forced to spend four winters in the Carpathian mountains without shelter or warm clothing. During his ordeal, he ate insects and performed surgery on his leg with a rusty razor blade. When the war ended he had one goal: to become an American. Nothing else mattered. He wanted to live in a country where the government lacked the power to enslave, torture and murder its citizens . . .

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Click Below for Leaked ATF Document: “Project Gunrunner Weapons of Choice”

Click here for the LulzSec leaked document ATF Project Gunrunner Southwest Border Strategy Weapons of Choice. It’s a colorful catalogue of firearms the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) deemed smuggle-worthy for the Mexican-bound straw purchasers green-lighted by President Obama. Or someone acting under his authority. We may someday know which. Click here for ATF Project Gunrunner Mexican Cartel Strategy. No surprises there, so click here for TTAG’s review of the pistol favored by upmarket narco-terrorists, Jihad-crazed Army Majors and wealthy, recoil-aversive American gun owners.

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How to Turn a Racist Pro-Gun Control Rant Into PC Anti-Gun Statement

Yesterday, a video surfaced showing Chicago’s top cop preaching the gospel of gun control to a church congregation. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy testified that the lack of federal gun control was an[other] example of government-sponsored racism and yes genocide. The day after the McCarthy’s Orwellian oratory, Chicago’s suntimes.com felt obliged to publish a denunciation of the dithering dunce demagogue from pro-gun folk. Just like TTAG, the Windy City paper didn’t have the temporal resources required to pick up the phone. So, like us, they scraped some material. “An assertion such as McCarthy’s is too nutty to dignify with a response,” Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson responded on the group’s site. And then Pearson got jiggy with it . . .

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Shotgun Stopping Power. Or Not.

Here’s an X-ray of a resident of the United Kingdom, where there is no gun violence because handguns are banned and shotguns are tightly regulated. [More gruesome image after the jump.] “In December 2007, two men brandishing sawn-off shotguns opened fire on Mr Clarke when he answered the door of his home in Fairways, Consett, County Durham,” the dailymail.co.uk reports. “The steel or lead pellets entered his back, head and neck. He still managed to flee and only escaped possible death when a neighbour pulled him to safety inside their own home . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unidentified MI Gun Show Exhibitor

“The Macomb County Sheriff says a female customer at the show accidentally fired a gun not realizing it was loaded,” wxyz.com reports. I’m not sure this needs saying but anyone who handles a gun should safety check the firearm to ensure that it’s unloaded each and every time they handle the gun. Give it to a friend to check it out? Get it back. Check it again. Like an airplane crash, negligent discharges (ND) almost always involve a chain of mistakes, often by a number of people (don’t forget bad training, inadequate supervision and silent bystanders). In this case both the gun’s owner AND the woman test firing the gun are responsible for the ND. And then the gun owner again . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Unholster Your Gun for the Cops

“Investigators say [Eric] Crawley rushed to Rugby Street in Cedarbrook last Friday after his sister got into a fight with her boyfriend,” abclocal.go.com reports. “Crawley was wearing a holstered gun. ‘They tell the male not to remove the gun, he removes the gun, the officer tells him to drop the weapon, he does not, the officer fired one shot,’ said [Philadelphia Police Department] Lt. Ray Evers.” Crawley later died. The family disputes the claim that Crawley unholstered his gun. If he did get out his gatt, it was, obviously, a fatal mistake . . .

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Chicago Police Chief: Lack of Federal Gun Control is Racist

Click here to watch Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy preaching the gospel of gun control to parishioners at St. Sabina’s Church. Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court’s McDonald decision recently struck down Chicago’s handgun ban citing the racist roots of gun control, McCarthy told the audience the exact opposite is true: the lack of gun control is racist. “Let’s see if we can make a connection here. Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What, what did they all have in common? Anybody getting scared? Government sponsored racism . . . Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I’m crazy . . .

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