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  •  Reductio ad absurdum is a valid move... (7+ / 0-)

    ...in both formal and informal reasoning. It's not a fallacy.

    In this case, it's a clear application of your logic. You assert that the only reasonable way for the law to treat anything that has no purpose other than to kill is to ban it from private ownership.

    So you're going to either have to find some non-killing use for bows and arrows that doesn't apply to firearms, refine your logic such that you explain why only some things whose sole purpose is to kill should be banned by government, or drop that line of logic entirely and find some other basis for justifying a blanket ban on firearms.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:10:33 AM PST

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    •  how many people do bows kill? (0+ / 0-)

      not many, right? its a practicality vs. efficacy thing. how practical is a firearm registry? very. how effective will it be? Very.

      How practical is a bow registry? eh, moderately. How effective is a bow registry? not bloody much.

      we can't take away everything that can cause death. that would be rather bad. but we can take away a major cause of that.

      •  If they were the only projectile weapons... (4+ / 0-)

        ...that one could get, I think you'd see arrow homicides increase substantially—along with the marketing of automatic crossbows and other weapons that get around the ban on firearms.

        Also, I find it difficult to believe that you're concerned with "practicality" or "plausibility," given that you're suggesting that the President could ban all private ownership of guns by executive fiat, or that the Democrats in the Senate would support such a ban.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:31:10 AM PST

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