The truth about guns is that the fight to defend the right to purchase own, carry and use them never ends. That’s because America a dedicated, well-financed industry of lobbyists, advocates, and zealots whose job it is to limit and — they hope, one day — eliminate the right to keep and bear arms in these United States.
Fortunately, most of the country still disagrees with that stance.
It’s almost as if the more things change, the more they stay the same. Twelve years ago today, TTAG’s first post was about the push to roll back gun control in Virginia. Now, in 2022, after a change in control of the Old Dominion’s governor’s office — there’s no longer someone sitting in the big chair who used to use shoe polish as makeup — and the General Assembly, Virginians are, once again, struggling to roll back gun control laws that limit their Second Amendment rights.
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
Fortunately, aside from the never-ending sturm und drang of the politics involved, guns are also practical, useful, provocative, handy, interesting, compelling, and just plain fun. So we also get to shoot and write about the guns themselves along with the things you do with them from time to time, too.
In the end, the only way an online publication gets to be twelve years old is by being blessed with not only good writers, but also with dedicated, engaged readers. The Truth About Guns has always been fortunate to have plenty of both. So as we celebrate a dozen years (over 45,000 posts and 2.3 million comments) we’d just like to say thank you for your continued patronage. We couldn’t do it without you. Literally.
thanks for info as always, ha.
COULDNT HEAR YOU!
Thanks Dan and TTAG for an incredibly informative website and publication of so many well-researched articles!
Congratulations TTAG. You need to fix the “moderation” thing. A lot of us regular supporters are fed up with the random nature while allowing vile trolls free reign…
Absolutely. Seems every third comment now yet no words contained in them to trigger anything. And yes, it’s time to take out the non contributing trash. Dacian is fine and makes a good punching bag, unfortunately it’s undoubtedly him making those other comments. It’s to the point of actually stalking now as he/it seeks out specific individuals to harass. You listening, Dan Zimmerman? And yes, Happy Birthday! Thanks for a great site. Been here since Sandy Hook and have read damn near every word.
And there it is; my third comment today and the second one to go into moderation jail!! Fix this nonsense Dan!
I second that motion.
The “new” format is okay on PC, but horrible on a phone screen so I don’t visit TTAG as often as I’d like when I’m out and about. The “awaiting moderation” filters absolutely suck and need to be fixed. No logic to it at all.
Otherwise, I come here for the articles, and stay for the comments…and laugh at the trolls.
Ditto to this. There’s no apparent logic to the moderation. Completely commonly phrased posts get blocked forever while vile troll posts go through. Please address this.
We read every day.
And now a day later I see my long winded screed agreeing wholeheartedly with this, which of course was immediately sent to moderation jail, along with my comment 10sec later expressing my disbelief and ironic amusement at the fact, have both disappeared. Meanwhile the trolls continue to freely insult and vilify using language none of us sink low enough to use. Good job, TTAG. Good job.
Well, Happy Birthday, yA’ bunch of freedom lovin’, gun obsessed, deer hunting, sons’ a’ bitches!
Keep a’ writin’ and I’ll keep a’ readin’!
I do have a suggestion. Hire that Possum fella to write some stuff now and then, like a feature article of the day, similar to your gun meme of the day. How ‘bout this:
Possum’s Wisdom of the Day
Dear Possum ( like Dear Abby)
Possum’s Roadkill Recipes
Possum: Have Gun, Will Travel
Possum’s Dumpster Wars
Dave, that sounds good on paper. After you have an actual conversation with Possum, not so much. 😆 Just kidding. I once told Possum that if he called me at 0300 hrs and said, “I need your help, but I can’t tell you why. Oh, bring a shovel.” I’d say, “Okay. Well, let me start a pot of coffee and put on some pants and I’ll get on the road.” Dave, I have to agree with you, the comments section is not an appropriate forum for Possum. He deserves a regular column.
“Gunm”… “have gunm, will travel…”. Please get it right.
“Possum’s Roadkill Recipes”
The answer is nearly always to let it ‘ripen’ at the bottom of the ditch a few days longer to ‘tenderize’ it… 🙂
Yes! Possum for columnist
Unfortunately ttag has not aged well.
You’re always free to leave again, you contemptible nazi.
Boring troll lies are boring.
There’s great truth in the old saying of “You know you’re right over the target, the more flack you get”… 🙂
Must really suck to be a friendless virgin living in yer mom’s basement whose biggest adventure for the day is to repetitively and boringly insult people from behind a keyboard. Talk about a waste of air.
12 years old? Yipee! Start getting ready for your bar mitzvah.
“Yipee! Start getting ready for your bar mitzvah.”
TTAG may need the management to preform a ritualistic ‘bris’ of those who contribute nothing to the conversation about guns and gun culture and just hurl laughably puerile weak attempts at insults, like this one :
“You’re always free to leave again, you contemptible nazi.”
It saddens me to say, a policy of simply deleting any and all of that crap as soon as it appears may be needed… 🙁
I check TTAG once a day or so. Love the meme of the day and stuff Jeremy writes.
Cant be 12 years already.
Why it was just the other day I was trying to figure out what a silver Prius a Glock logo and a baby groot sticker had to do with a road sign pointing to Waco.
OMG, 12 more years of dacian.
Doubt it. dacian the nazi will forget to breath one day and that’ll be it.
He might suffocate from his self-inflicted cranial-rectal inversion.
Or maybe his mom will just stop tossing sandwiches into the basement one day.
Spaghetti-Os, I bet… 😉
He’ll eventually implode like MikeB(bunch-a-numbers) did.
Just for shits and giggles I slid over to mikeyb’s anti gun website to see. It was underwhelming. Only about 6 people commenting. No wonder he spent so much time at ttag. He must have felt like he was part of something.
Farrago still owes us for that one, I think.
Congratulations TTAG. Happy Birthday.
🥳 Happy Birthday!
Has certainly stepped up the troll/clickbait quota in since it changed hands. Where’s Robert?
Robert Farago sold ‘The Truth About Guns’ a couple of years back. The new owners left Dan Z. in charge of the day-to-day operations…
Happy Birthday! I’ve not been around for the whole trip but digging it so far.
If TTAG and I make it another 12 years I’ll be 91 and TTAG will be 24.
Oh well, Happy Birthday…………..and many more.
I can make it til 67 m’self!
Are those .357 magnum cartridges in the picture?? Awesome!
Robert owns The Truth About Watches. I’m just not interested in watches. I did hang out at The Truth About Cars about 10 years ago. I just started lurking around here after a few years hiatus. The comment section certainly changed.