Refraction (Bent Thinking) #62

Appeal to Ridicule – an argument is made by presenting the opponent’s argument in a way that makes it appear ridiculous.  Refutation: Ridicule is an emotional parry. Ignore the ridicule and focus on the logic of the argument and the support of the claims. Example:  Anita: Bart, your claim that citizens need to arms to defend against government tyranny is ridiculous. The idea that our government might take away our basic liberties is madness. Side Note:  No one knows the future; but we do have some knowledge of the past. The issue is simple: Is there currently a constitutionally protected right?  If so, protect it. If you don’t like it, change the constitution.

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