We Need Fallacy Control Now!

by Michelle Malkin,

Gun Control Won’t Work, So We Need More Gun Control
Gun Control Won’t Work, So We Need More Gun Control
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Enough is enough. It's epidemic. It's dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end.

In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of illogical thinking. In response to senseless violence, clearheaded citizens deserve a safe space from the 24/7 barrage of rhetorical nonsense.

Let's break down the collective cognitive breakdown.

Argumentum ad celebritum.

Empty talking points don't become persuasive arguments when uttered by Hollywood stars. But in the bizarre land of the celebrity cult, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel has been suddenly anointed “America's conscience” and “voice of reason.”

Kimmel railed “intensely” on TV Monday night against politicians doing “nothing” to stop mass gun violence. Sobbing and emotional, he insisted, “there's a lot of things we can do about it.” Yet, Kimmel acknowledged that Mandalay Bay gunman Stephen Paddock had passed multiple, mandated background checks and had no criminal history. Moreover, Paddock bought his guns legally from Nevada and Utah gun shops subject to a thicket of local, state and federal rules — and reportedly carried 23 of his weapons into a casino/hotel that already operates as a gun-free zone.

Federal studies show that a measly 1 to 3 percent of all guns are purchased at gun shows, but that didn't stop Kimmel from tossing around non sequiturs attacking the “gun show loophole.” It's a mythical exemption in federal law for private weapons sales at gun shows or online intended to drum up hysteria about unregulated gun sales.

In reality, firearms purchased through federally licensed firearms dealers at gun shops, shows, garage sales or anywhere else are subject to all the usual checks and restrictions. Only a narrow category of same-state transactions between private individuals not engaged in the commercial business of selling firearms (family members or collectors, for example) are unaffected by those regulations.

There is zero empirical evidence that banning these types of transactions would do anything to prevent gun crimes or mass shootings. But who needs evidence when Jimmy Kimmel is bawling on stage “intensely”? The tears of a clown outweigh the sobriety of facts.

Argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad hashtag.

Actor Billy Baldwin unloaded a fallacy two-fer with his assertion that “the overwhelming majority of Dems, Reps & NRA members endorse #GunSafety,” so “how can we let the #NRA hold us hostage like this? #NRATerrorists.”

Claiming that an “overwhelming majority” of people agree with you doesn't make your argument sound. Nor does citing polls showing support for “gun show loopholes” that those surveyed don't fully understand. Nor does attacking the character of your political opponents and hashtag-smearing them as “NRATerrorists” for holding political viewpoints different than your own.

Straw men and red herrings.

Grossly oversimplifying support of ineffective or superfluous gun control measures as “#GunSafety” allows celebrities, politicians and activists to prop up their favorite hollow debating tactic: asserting that gun owners, NRA members, and Republicans don't care about gun safety and want more innocent people to die.

Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu illustrated a similar diversionary tactic by waving the red herring of a “gun silencer bill” and demanding that GOP “COWARDS” vote against deregulating such suppressors. Hillary Clinton also demagogued the issue, ghoulishly tweeting: “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”

Her running mate and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine parroted the propaganda, claiming that Paddock “was only stopped because he didn't have a silencer on his firearm, and the sound drew people to the place where he was ultimately stopped.”

Police, however, took 72 minutes to locate Paddock; it was the sound of hotel fire alarms set off by all the gun smoke that led them to the shooter. But let's not let pesky facts in the way.

Think of the children.

Invoking kids to support one's public policy preferences is not an argument. It's a timeworn appeal to emotion. Without it, however, gun control advocates are all out of ammunition.

“We as a society owe it to our children” to pass “common sense” gun control, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton pleaded.

“Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fumed on Twitter.

And actor Boris Kodjoe tweeted: “My 10 year old asked me how the shooter was able to get his machine gun. I told him that pretty much anyone in the US can. ‘But why daddy'?”

Too bad Kodjoe's kid will never know that daddy didn't tell him the truth about fully automatic firearms (aka “machine guns”), which have been effectively banned from private civilian ownership in the U.S. as a result of federal gun legislation dating back to 1934. Nor will the children of the “Think about the children!” brigade be taught the truth about defensive gun use or Second Amendment history and jurisprudence.

We owe our children critical thinking skills and evidence-based public policy, not knee-jerk slogans and tear-jerking treacle.

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

  • 11 thoughts on “We Need Fallacy Control Now!

    1. The only thing the late night tv court jesters need to accurately portray themselves is the funny hat. Liberal ass kissers all. They love being the victim. Not many left who understand what a real man is or does. They are sissies who have emasculated themselves. I am a man that protects my family and property by force if nessesary. A source of pride the liberal cowards will never know. Live free or die!

    2. Kimmell is just trying to raise his ratings because Colbert started this crap and apparently Kimmell thought he should get on the band wagon. They are both losers and don’t qualify for prime time. Late nite is where they put the not so funny comedians.

      As always, a good article Michelle.

    3. Blah, blah, blah, different day same crap. When the laws are changed to say that the police HAVE to protect a person then we can talk about gun’s in the hands of civilians. Until then it just liberals being afraid of a population they can not run over!

    4. Let’s all protest stupid people. Let’s all buy bear spray and whistles by the truckload and hand them out to our gun haters. Please carefully explained to them that if they are about to be robbed, assaulted, raped, or abused by criminals in any way, they can pull out their handy whistles, and spray themselves in the eyes so that their own personal victimhood will not seem so awful.

    5. Fact is, the 2nd amendment has been re-written and has ended up looking like this:
      The NEW Second Amendment of the amended US Bill of Rights… (sorry, we no longer follow “proper procedure” for amending these pain in the butt listed rights)
      A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed EXCEPT:
      You are buying the firearms for yourself.
      EXCEPT: you are under indictment or information for a felony for which the judge could imprison you for more then one year.
      EXCEPT: you have been convicted of a felony or any other crime for which the judge could have imprisoned you for more then one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation.
      EXCEPT: you are a fugitive from “justice”
      EXCEPT: you are an “unlawful” user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant,stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance.
      EXCEPT: you have ever been “adjudicated” mentally defective or you have ever been committed to a mental institution.
      EXCEPT: you were dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.
      EXCEPT: you are subject to a restraining order restraining you from harassing, stalking or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child of such partner.
      EXCEPT: you have been convicted in a court of a MISDEMEANOR crime of domestic violence.
      EXCEPT: you have ever renounced your “United States” citizenship
      EXCEPT: you are an illegal alien
      EXCEPT: the firearm fires more then one round with the pull of the trigger
      EXCEPT: the firearms doesn’t have a vertical grip attached if it is a pistol
      EXCEPT: the barrel on a shotgun is not shorter then 18″
      EXCEPT: for sound suppressors
      EXCEPT: the rifle has a barrel no shorter then 16″. (It used to be 18″, but we accidentally sold some 16″ carbines to the public so we had to fix this and so we shortened the length to 16″ to cover our screw up.)
      EXCEPT: if it is a pistol there is no shoulder stock attached.
      EXCEPT: you carry it concealed, with a permit, which of course we issue and charge you for.
      EXCEPT: it has a magazine that can contain more then 10 rounds
      EXCEPT: the magazine is removable
      EXCEPT: it is black and looks scary
      EXCEPT EXCEPT EXCEPT…stay tuned for updated version. We the psychopaths who own you have now concluded that this new 2nd amendment is in force and effect and that you have no rights guaranteed by ANYTHING UNLESS you are in the “big club” which of course you are NOT. So screw your rights. We are in control of your television set, your phone, your computer, your air, your water and especially your pretend rights. Oh, and by the way, just in case you are wondering…we have ENFORCERS for this who are willing to shoot your children in the back, your wife in the head, burn down your church with 17 children inside just in case you think we are kidding.
      One other thing…none of these exceptions apply to us. We are allowed to have whatever we want to kill you and maim you any time we want for whatever excuse we want. Just take a look at some of the wonderful things WE get to have by looking up Dillon Aero on YouTube.

      1. Gee, all those excepts appear to indicate you don’t understand. Just because the laws only affect law-abiding citizens by making them easier targets of criminals, all the BS makes politicians and the ignorant feel better. Isn’t that what all the hoopla is about – feeling better? All those laws that don’t mean spit, particularly when they are not enforced . . . what’s a law-abiding citizen to do? We don’t have taxpayer’s money to pay cops for 24/7 individual protection like the lying, cheating, thieving traitors Clinton and obama. If no guns is the right answer, let the politicians set the example by requiring their body guards to go unarmed.

    6. Kimmel, Baldwin, Lieu and the lying father of the child are all false “trained” or brainwashed by the Liberal mouthpieces… They call for MORE LAWS… We have TONS ! There are THOUSANDS in the books already, of which most aren’t enforced anymore due to… And MOST important…….
      DRUM ROLL…
      CRIMINALS DO NOT OBEY ANY LAWS !!!!!!
      LIBERALS and DEMS are the FIRST whining about perps rights after using a weapon or murdering someone. If they are arrested or even questioned, the profiling crap starts. You can’t even eliminate one of the murdering P.O.S. because he/she may feel some pain or die slowely…. The libs/Dems want to haver their cake and eat it too. It can’t happen that way.

      1. What? Are you telling me those arent law abiding citizens smashing their way into gun stores and stealing firearms and ammo? I mean as a felon they would not be entitled to carry or use those firearms as well, right? The law says they cant right?

      2. @ Rock – AMEN brother! That is what I’ve been saying for years! They are called criminals for a reason! Bottom line is no more giving up of our rights. Not by inches or whatever measure the assholes are using these days.

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