Stackingthe deck

DonaldTrump’s argues that individuals on the terror list should be deniedpermission for purchasing guns (Parker &amp Herszenhorn, 2016). Hetweeted the opinion with the intention of contributing to the guncontrol policies in America. Nevertheless, Trump’s statement is afallacy because he does not consider that a majority of the peoplewho engage in rampant shootings are regular students and citizenswith no prior criminal history. Besides, he fails to consider that,even regular people who have no association with any of the terrorgroups, but have mental disorders, can cause mayhem if they haveaccess to guns.

Strawperson fallacy

Noble(2016) cites a conversation between Bret Stephens, A WallStreet Journalcolumnist, and his ten-year old son, Noah. Noah asks his father todefine socialism means. His father answers, “It’san economic system in which the government seizes and runsindustries, sets prices for goods, and otherwise dictates what youcan and cannot do with your money, and therefore your life (Noble,2016).” Noah is misguided by the straw fallacy because socialistgovernments do not take away the property of its citizens. Instead,it attempts to control the production means and the marketenvironment with the intention of providing maximum benefits for theproducers. Tomasky (2016) defines socialism as, “Tosecure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of theirindustry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may bepossible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means ofproduction, distribution, and exchange, and the best obtainablesystem of popular administration and control of each industry orservice(Tomasky, 2016).” His definition significantly contrasts withStephen’s conception.


Nawaz(2016) writing is inspired from universal statement fallacy becausehe asserts that all terrorists are Muslims. Nevertheless,Washington`s Blog and Global Research (2013) contradict the findings.The researchers use FBI data on terror actions carried out inAmerican soil between 1980 and 2005 to prove that 90% of them wereperpetrated by non-Muslims. Therefore, it is misleading for theauthor to claim that all the terrorists are Mohammedans, yet, only10% of the known American extremists are associated with the Islamicfaith.


Tomasky,M. (2016). You damn millennials don’t get socialism. TheDaily Beast.Retrieved fromwww.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/22/you-damn-millennials-don-t-get-socialism.html

Washington`sBlog and Global Research, (2013, 1 May). Non-Muslims carried out morethan 90% of all terrorist attacks in America. GlobalResearch Center.Retrieved on 16 June 2016 fromhttp://www.globalresearch.ca/non-muslims-carried-out-more-than-90-of-all-terrorist-attacks-in-america/5333619

Noble,S. (2016, May 17). This is what American socialism is, kid! TheAmerican Sentinel.Web. Retrieved on 16 June 2016 fromhttp://www.independentsentinel.com/this-is-what-american-socialism-is-kid/

Nawaz,M. (2016, June 14). Admit it: These terrorists are Muslims. The DailyBeast. Retrieved on 16 June 2016 fromhttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/14/admit-it-these-terrorists-are-muslims.html

Parker,A. &amp Herszenhorn, D.M. (2016, june 15). Trump and N.R.A. leadersto discuss preventing gun sales to people on terror watch lists. TheNew York Times.Web. Retrieved on June 16 2016 fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/16/us/politics/donald-trump-gun-control-nra.html