The problem is that emotion and rhetoric are both dishonest, the former intrinsically and the latter practically. This is not to say that the emotions are bad, only that because they are dynamic and the truth is static, emotion-based reasoning is guaranteed to be false at least part of the time. Rhetoric, on the other hand, does not have to be dishonest, but because it is designed to manipulate and convince those who, as Aristotle pointed out in Rhetoric, "cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument, or follow a long chain of reasoning", it usually has to be at least somewhat in variance with the complete truth because it is designed to appeal to the emotions.
More at Alpha Game... including an argument for gun control and two counterarguments! But please keep the inevitable gun discussion here at VP.
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