Thiessen's Got No Ground To Stand On
Start writing a post

Thiessen's Got No Ground To Stand On

Thiessen's Got No Ground To Stand On
Library of Congress Pictures

Marc Thiessen, in his article titled “Who’s Playing Politics Now,” attempts to use various forms fallacious arguments to devalue the words of many members of the democratic party in the wake of the tragic Las Vegas shooting. Now, Thiessen does not directly defend any specific gun control policy throughout his article, his argument is largely a critique of democratic leadership who have spoken out for gun control because of the Vegas shooting. From the very beginning Thiessen’s argument consists of reasoning that is based in fallacy, Thiessen claims that Democrats are hypocrites because if...

“President Trump had praised the police who ran toward the gunfire and saved so many lives, and then said: “And for all those who have been taking a knee to protest the police, shame on you. On Sunday, you slander them, but then on Monday, you need them. The police deserve our respect every day.” Heads would have exploded — and rightly so.”

However, this is simply a fallacious argument called tu quoque in which one claims that another's argument shouldn’t be taken at face value because the or she is being hypocritical by doing the exact thing that he or she says others should not do. This is not a legitimate form of argument and given that it is the basis of Thiessen’s argument one should be cautious when deciding whether or not to take Thiessen seriously.

When I read an article like Thiessen's condemning the politicization of tragic events such as those in Vegas I wonder to myself

“Why is it so wrong to bring politics into these events?”

No one ever really explains why it’s wrong to seriously bring politics into an event like this, while it would be tasteless for Donald Trump to say the statement that Thiessen created as an analogy it is not tasteless for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to voice legitimate concerns about problems with gun violence and gun control.

The problem in Thiessen’s analogy is that it doesn’t quite fit. Those protesting police violence on Black Americans are not protesting police in general, while that's what the analogy really states. Police protecting concert go-ers has nothing to do with police violence towards blacks, while speaking about gun control and gun violence does directly coincide with the Las Vegas shooting. The fact that there are little restrictions on the number of firearms an individual can buy for themselves is what makes it so easy for a deranged man to have purchased a small arsenal capable of killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 more.

I find everything about this latest shooting despicable, I always find these shootings despicable. However, they get worse when people like Thiessen sit well and safely in their home, their place of work, or any other place and argue that we shouldn’t be talking about gun control while we are still recovering from a mass shooting. We see mass shootings so often now that there would be no time to talk about gun control. Imagine if people were doing the same thing with the destruction in Texas, Puerto Rico, and other places that were decimated by the hurricane Quartet that plagued millions of people. “I’m sorry, we can’t talk about how to help all of these homeless families until those of us who were safe the whole time get over the shock of what has happened to those same poor families.” Despicable.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less

The Latest Trends in the Music World

The music world is a fast evolving and ever changing landscape of influence. Over the last 20 years, we've seen the influx of home recording technology paired with the rise of streaming, making way for new independent artists and communities to flourish.


The music world is a fast evolving and ever changing landscape of influence. Over the last 20 years, we've seen the influx of home recording technology paired with the rise of streaming, making way for new independent artists and communities to flourish. This is the positive side of the streaming coin, different kinds of music can exist in the same spaces in much more fluid ways. Aesthetic and musical styles are merging and taking on new life in the 21st century. Trends in the music industry can be most easily followed by exploring instagram, TikTok and other social media platforms to see what people are wearing and listening to. Let's take a look at a few style and artistic trends influencing the world of music.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments