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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

AngloRights Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:35 AM
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10shrtbl08.xls http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcassaul.html Blunt Objects, hands/feet, automobiles, knives... they're all more common in murder cases than assault rifles. Might as well go ahead and throw the knitting needles in with the baseball bats, golf clubs, carpenter hammers, and 2 x 4s.

Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasn’t always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, “does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?”

Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.

I wasn’t even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the...