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The Danger of A Clever Thought


Logic is not always the same thing as truth.  Sometimes, logic is absurd.

I have voted for numerous Libertarian candidates over the years.  Recently, I was talking with a long-time Libertarian friend.  He saw nothing wrong with arming school kids.  Anybody should be able to buy as many guns as they like and take them wherever they like and whenever they want to carry them.  After all, “Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.”  There’s that clever thought . . . Right!

That thought is not logical.  It is a logical fallacy.  It is a tautology, which is defined as “a statement that is true by necessity or by virtue of its logical form“.  Logical form does not make truth.  A tautology is not necessarily related to truth.

To show the power of this clever thought, my friend is not a gun-lover, like myself.  You would expect to gun-lover to use such a perverted thought as “Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people,” but my friend doesn’t even have a handgun.

There is a lot of room for extremists and crazy people to hide behind a clever thought!


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