Reductio Ad Absurdum

From Brietbart editor Ben Shapiro’s appearance on Piers Morgan’s barely seen CNN show last week:

MORGAN: You genuinely believe your own government is going to turn on you in a way that you require an AR-15 to challenge them? You really believe that will happen in modern-day America? Is that what you think?

SHAPIRO: They may not turn on me. They may not turn on my children. But the fact is this, history is replete with democracies going tyrannical. It has happened. It happened in France in the 19th century. It happened in Spain in the last century. It happened in Germany. It happened in Italy. It happened in Japan.

And later:

MORGAN: I know the second amendment. What I haven’t heard is one coherent reason why any civilian in America needs an AR-15, military style, assault weapon. Tell me why you need one.

SHAPIRO: I told you, why the general population of America, law-abiding citizens, need AR-15s.

MORGAN: Why do they need those weapons?

SHAPIRO: They need them for the prospective possibility for the resistance of tyranny. Which is not a concern today, it may not be a concern tomorrow.

MORGAN: Where do you expect tyranny to come from?

SHAPIRO: It could come from the United States, because governments have gone tyrannical before, Piers.

MORGAN: Do you know how absurd you sound?

Keith Appnell e-mails:

That’s right, the federal government would never, ever send armed troops into the sovereign, private homes of law-abiding American citizens – especially under a Democratic president whose personality, instincts for peace and negotiating skills are so superior that such an episode would never even be contemplated.


That would be… absurd!

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