Slippery Slope: ‘Full-scale confiscation’ of guns

When the campaign manager for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell implies that a supposed federal gun registry will lead to government seizure of weapons, he is employing a slippery slope argument.

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Overgeneralization: Weapons ban exemptions

An email from TeaParty.net makes a false claim that “all government officials” would be exempt in Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D., Calif.) proposed assault weapons ban.

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Overgeneralization: Child Homicides in U.S.

Mark Kelly, whose wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in an Arizona shooting, oversteps the available evidence with a claim about the number of worldwide child deaths caused by guns.

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Red Herring: Federal Gun Registry

When NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre talks about a federal registry for guns, he is employing a red herring.

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Straw Person Argument: Crowley ‘Root of All Evil’ vs. Obama

When commentator Monica Crowley says President Obama “comes out of a very far-left ideology that believes America is the root of all evil, not just at home but abroad,” she is offering a straw person argument.

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Ad Hominem: MSNBC Commentators vs. Wayne LaPierre

When MSNBC’s Karen Finney and Eugene Robinson attack NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre instead of his proposal to put armed police officers in the nation’s schools, they are employing an ad hominem attack.

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Guilt By Association: Coalition to Stop Gun Violence vs. Barrow

A web ad by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence misleadingly intercuts one of Rep. John Barrow’s (D., Ga.) October 2012 campaign ads with December 2012 footage from the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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Ad Hominem: NRA ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ vs. Obama

A TV ad by the National Rifle Association employs an ad hominem attack when it labels President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for supposedly sending his children to a school that employs armed guards. Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker school in the nation’s capital, confirms that it does not employ armed guards.

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Faulty Comparison: 60 Plus Association on Affordable Care Act

A video from the 60 Plus Association draws a faulty comparison between the threat posted by Hitler and the effects that opponents of the Affordable Care Act attribute to it.

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