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Common Sense

and why it's not... | 3/24/2015

Common Sense

Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.

Noticed lately how every call for more gun control laws are labeled as ‘Common Sense’?  It’s the latest rhetorical device, designed to make all those who disagree look unreasonable.  By labeling their arguments as common sense, they are declaring that their argument is valid, without the tedious process of actually presenting their case. In high school debate, this would be called Informational Fallacy.

Gun control proponents can’t win on facts, so they rely on emotional arguments and intellectually dishonest tactics to promote their ideals.

Don’t let them get away with it.

You labeling something as ‘Common Sense’ does not make it so.  Common Sense was the argument used to prove that the earth was flat.  The verdict at the Scopes Monkey trial relied on the ‘Common Sense’ of 12 jurors.

If you look at the facts, none of their agenda items are anything of the sort.  There is no evidence that anything on their agenda will reduce criminal use of firearms in any way.  Over the last couple of decades, concealed carry laws have swept the nation… and crime rates have fallen drastically. As John Lott has been saying for 20 years now… more guns, less crime.

Those facts don’t fit the gun control crowd agenda, so… shut them up.  Call every draconian gun ban ‘Common Sense’.  Tell the world that a huge majority supports their ideas… never mind that it’s all a lie, doesn’t matter, nobody is going to call you on it.  Make the other side out to be nutcase, extremist, knuckle dragging cavemen.   Not true… the fastest growing segment of people purchasing guns today is women, but that truth doesn’t fit the agenda, so ignore it.

As the old saying goes, if you have facts on your side, pound the facts.  If you have the law on your side, pound the law.  If you have neither, pound the table.  The gun control crowd has lost the argument on the facts, they’ve lost the argument on the law, all the ‘Common Sense’ argument shows is that they have been reduced to pounding the table.