Let's take a look at a few recent tweets by our friends at the VPC and see those tactics at work.
FL CCW on trial for murder. Wore body armor, CCW permit on chain on his neck as he illegally towed cars according... fb.me/161rpwdLB— Violence Policy Cent (@VPCinfo) February 22, 2012
KS:CCW accidentally shoots his nephew in the foot w/ 9mm handgun at the shopping mall. fb.me/1aqVNdnXj— Violence Policy Cent (@VPCinfo) February 29, 2012
WA: CCW suffering from delusions shoots and paralyzes neighbor in dispute over a BB gun. fb.me/1J7Cp8lQ2— Violence Policy Cent (@VPCinfo) March 5, 2012
You'll notice all these tweets are about shootings involving CCW holders.
FL:Family of teen killed by CCW say CCW had violent past, info withheld by police. fb.me/VOuSGGpp— Violence Policy Cent (@VPCinfo) March 12, 2012
The unspoken implication, of course, is that if one CCW holder commits a shooting, then it must follow that all CCW holders will commit shootings.
After all, here are four prime examples, right?
But let's not forget some math that we did not too long ago.
We found there are 6,972,652 concealed carriers in the U.S.
So because 4 concealed carriers committed shootings, the other 6,972,648 will commit shootings?
You, the VPC, are able to forsee more than 6 million people shooting up the country?
You must have some god-like powers to be able to tell the future.
What the VPC is doing is nothing more than generalizing and using guilt by association.
It's as slimy as saying if one black male or one Hispanic male commits a robbery, then it must follow that all black males or all Hispanic males will commit robberies.
If we then follow that train of logic, it must mean that Colin Powell, being a black male, has either committed a robbery in the past or will commit a robbery at some point in the future.
Logic train wreck?
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