According to Wikipedia, throwing out the baby with the bathwater “is an idiomatic expression and a concept used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential.”
Argumentation has been hijacked by fallacies, and erroneous tactics. Perhaps it was always this way, but it seems to me that over the last decade or so, pure, logical form has been so severely diminished as to be rendered utterly moot. Attempting to debate using logical through-lines is impossible, because people don’t adhere to logic anymore. They make wild accusations, and base their arguments on personal feelings, effectively deflecting any reasoned argument you may be employing.
I expect this sort of unreasonable, emotional behavior from liberals like Obama, but when it comes from someone who calls himself a journalist, it’s quite a bit more aggravating. According to Arw Hawkins of Breitbart, when commenting on the recent shooting death of a firearms instructor by a nine year old girl, Geraldo Rivera said:
“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country. Just as [it] protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.”
Geraldo is throwing out the baby with the bathwater. In essence, he’s claiming that the second amendment is entirely foolish, and unnecessary because a small fraction of people abuse it. It’s as if he were to argue that the first amendment should be abolished because there are those who use it to promote hate, and violence. With every choice in life comes the possibility of negative consequences. Even the most positive, logical, and reasonable decisions suffer the possibility of negative repercussions. We cannot let the specter of danger keep us from making necessary decisions.
Geraldo then blames the NRA for the “avalanche” of deadly weapons in the United States. This argument is one made from anger, and not from reason. It’s a red herring, a distraction from the point he’s making regarding his dislike of the second amendment. It’s easy to blame the NRA, it’s like blaming McDonalds for America’s obesity problem. While there are a host of complex reasons Americans are getting fatter, McDonalds is right there with its big, yellow M. Look no further because I have found the easy source of the problem! The NRA even has the word “rifle” in its name! Interestingly enough, the NRA does a lot to promote gun safety (just a side note).
There are certainly negatives that come with the fact that nearly everyone is allowed to own guns, but the positives greatly outweigh those negatives. The key is not to abolish gun ownership, but to work to address the individual problems regarding mental illness, and the ownership of guns by dangerous people.
It is blind, and stupid (to borrow a phrase from Geraldo), not to mention reckless, to broadcast such wafer-thin, fallacious arguments regarding guns when we already have a president, and a media who despise the second amendment. Geraldo should be ashamed of himself for his utter lack of control, and his promotion of anti-gun rhetoric.