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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

John4199 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 2:25 PM
Ok, I'll bite. So if banning automobiles saves even one life, wouldn't that be worth the inconvenience? Here we're actually talking about saving over 40,000 lives per year so that would be a good thing, no? How many other things are you willing to surrender to save even one life?

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...