Austin Knudsen, state representative from Culbertson, West Dakota, posted a tweet so stupid it should be on one of the Buzzfeed listicles. The Billings Gazette had a fine editorial coming out against guns being allowed on college campuses. Knudsen's response is nothing short of sweet terrible idiocy:
The stupid is akin to fire ants noshing on one's nutsack, it burns so bad. On the very day that we discover that an asshole killed 3 people over a parking obsession, and another asshole got sentenced to prison for shotgunning to death a person he set up to die, Knudsen argues against himself and thinks that clever. I don't have enough hands for the facepalm this deserves.
I react so strongly to this twit (tweet) for 2 reasons. 1) I know that there are dim people out there who will actually think Knudsen's quip makes sense. Somebody voted this moron into office, yes? 2) He actually, deep in his ignorant heart, thinks he's using logic. No. No he's not. In order for analogy to work, like things have to be, you know, like. A fire extinguisher, an object of a particular purpose announced in the very name, has a particular function: it puts out fires. Except under the most fantastical circumstances, it can never cause a fire. Are y'all with me on this? Good.
Knudsen's stupidity would have it that if a gun causes violence then another gun can stop that violence, like a fire extinguisher stops ... fire extinguishers? Umm, no. The purpose of a gun is clear. Firearms kill. I don't find that disputable on any level. Knudsen's logic, the real kind and not his stupid version, is that students, staff, faculty having guns will 'extinguish' others using the same tool. That's not a terrible bad argument until you accept that if no guns are allowed on campus, then fires won't start except at the rarest of instance when an extinguisher is need. He makes, himself, the very best argument for not allowing firearms on campus.