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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

ayrshireman Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 3:50 PM
The US has 75% of all known serial killers, a gun murder rate NINETY TWO AND HALF times ours (0.04 to 3.7), a general murder rate three and a half times ours, a gun crime rate FORTY times ours. And its the UK thats the violent country?. Ok, mate, whatever you want to believe that makes you happy. Britain is more violent than the US. There, happy now?.

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...