True to my words that I made with my fingers, this is mostly going to be a reblog of @Abyschan‘s Tumblr post from last night.
Mostly because I get hella frustrated trying to talk to people about tender topics without it all devolving into a contest of who can make the bigger asshole of themselves in an argument. Go have a ball with the List of fallacies on Wikipedia and try to tell yourself that the last good argument you were in didn’t involve some of these, or maybe that was the entirety of the conversation to begin with. Well, this is what happens when you let people have their way with a fallacy, and then you break the shit out of their argument in spite of it.
As I put it on Facebook, for my slower minded family to understand, some people find it more fun to be snarky in an argument than have their opinion rendered meaningless under the weight of logic and facts.
So lately with the gun debate raging, I’ve been seeing a lot of people throwing around this argument in snarky retaliation to whenever they’re presented with another long list of children being sacrificed to their ever-loving gunmetal gods. Yanno, apart from the general“the parents were incompetent and are at fault for this, not the guns themselves!” or the ever so pleasant “well those children were retarded anyways for [insert excuse, ranging from pointless to ridiculous, here], so that’s the gene pool cleaned up a bit!”
In general, I’ve been seeing this a posted a LOT on news articles comment sections; rule of thumb for the internet, even looking at the comment sections of anything is a bad idea, but as some people go unchallenged (actually just are ignored by most) the ideas spread to other corners of the internet, and not just comment sections. Then we really start getting pissed off from having to deal with comments section-grade arguments sprouting out of your extended family’s Facebook feeds, thus making it really hard to post your annual perfunctory communique of ”Happy Birthday” on their timeline. Or, God forbid, tumblr…