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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

Milt37 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 3:13 PM
"Given my low opinion of and low expectations for Britain’s political class, I’m impressed that pocket knives are still legal." Dan, you obviously have a higher opinion of British politicians than I do. I'm shocked that pockets are still legal in the U.K.!

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...