Friday, July 29, 2011

Farago in the Washington Times

That's the Washington Times not to be confused with the Washington Post.

It was founded in 1982 by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, and until 2010 was owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the church. The Times is known for presenting socially and politically conservative views.

Robert Farago, of course, is the leader of that merry band of gun-rights warriors called the Armed Intelligentsia of TTAG.

There's only one place on the internet that exceeds Robert's zeal in attacking the ATF.  That's the Sipsey Street Irregulars. Mike V. has practically turned his blog into a dedicated propaganda machine, even some of his fanboys have complained.

Farago uses his usual linguistic gifts to make his points, "the Nixonian cover-up," "the simmering scandal," "ATF’s ideological corruption," "moral abyss," "bloated bureaucracy," and so on and so on.

He had this to say too:

Displaying its ongoing antipathy to the right to keep and bear arms, the ATF has just pushed through an executive order creating an unconstitutional long-gun registry. The agency says the new regulations will help it catch smugglers trying to secrete American weapons into Mexico - the same crime it enabled and encouraged under Operation Fast and Furious.
By "unconstitutional long-gun registry," is he referring to the law requiring that multiple sales of guns like AR-15s be reported? Wouldn't such a law be one of the best ways to identify gun smugglers and straw purchasers? Wouldn't investigating people who buy more than one of those items make sense?

Well, apparently not to Robert Farago and his friends. To them, misrepresenting these attempts as "creating an unconstitutional long-gun registry, is part of their strategy to resist common sense gun control regulations.

What's your opinion? Is Robert Farago one eloquent son-of-a-gun, or what? Do you think he does a bit of spinning though, is he guilty of manipulating?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. Farago might spend a lot of time on his blog talking about the Gunwalker scandal, but I prefer that to the opposite. Other blogs would have you believe that this is no big deal. They'll bleat on and on about individual cases of gun misuse, but are strangely silent when the government misuses their power and results in the deaths of hundreds of innocents. Almost daily another gun murder is linked back to "Fast & Furious", yet the willfully ignorant say not a word. Does silence equate to consent in their world? How many deaths would they find acceptable if it pushed their overall goal of gun restrictions on to the masses?

  2. Are you talkin' about me? I resemble that remark.

    Actually I have written about the ATF situation a few times, which is about what I think it deserves. I don't say it's no big deal, but pretty much it's no big deal.

  3. It's no big deal? Then please answer my final question. How many deaths do you find acceptable? How many Mexicans have to die before it is a big deal?

  4. It's not "no big deal" because of the number of deaths. It's "no big deal" because it's really a story about mismanagement in a government agency, some bad decisions they made, which has nothing to do with the gun control debate or about gun rights. It's sites like Farago's and Mike V.'s which try to conflate the two, chaos in the ATF means gun control laws are bad.