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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

Bad Albino Bob Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:29 AM
I worked in a maximum security prison for years. There was a little museum there in the weapons safe of weapons created in prison using the limited resources available to the prisoners. My favorite was a knife made from carefully rolled up pages from National Geographic stiffened and 'improved' with human excrement that hospitalized three guards with serious stab wounds and infections. I think we need to ban National Geographic.

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...