TTAC founder Robert Farago receives fame and notoriety at the tip of a gun. Not just a gun, Farago owns 18 of them – at least that’s what he disclosed to the Washington Post. The liberal paper has a big feature on the former car blogger who turned into the eye of the storm that surrounds the gun debate.
Today, Farago does not leave home without his concealed Glock, the gun remains by his side even during yoga workout. This wasn’t always so. “He bought his first gun a week before the debut of TheTruthAboutGuns.com,” writes the Post. I can corroborate the story.
When Farago bailed at TTAC, he asked me to write for his new venture, TTAG. I told him I did not know much about guns. It’s not that they are alien to me. I have been hard of hearing on my right ear ever since I was 21, courtesy of a 45 which I carelessly loaded in a small room. The bullet went into the floor, inches from my foot. To this day, the first word I learn in a foreign language is “excuse me?” Hä? Mitä? Shenme? E? Come? Don’t ask how I got my hands on a 45 in Germany. Talk about gun control, and a land that was more drawn to 9 mil, or to the ubiquitous, if less man-stopping, 7.65. When I lived in a cabin in rural Virginia, I owned the guns to go with it. That, and the importance of Break-Free in America, or Ballistol in Europe, is all I know about guns.
“You don’t need to know anything about guns to write about them,“ Farago assured me. “Look at me, what did I know about cars?” For some reason, I declined.
It was good that Farago did only recently acquire the arsenal he now has in his basement. When he left TTAC, he did not depart on the best terms with TTAC’s new Canadian owners, and the thought of him showing up with an FN SCAR-16 in a meeting in Toronto remains unsettling, even after all those years.
Also, considering Farago’s hard-on for GM, it might be better he’s no longer writing about cars.
Don’t worry, Selim “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” Bingol: My gun days are long gone. The keyboard is mightier than the bullet.