On freerepublic.com, a commenter, Blue Jays, says he uses the following technique when gun grabbers claim that they can obtain a handgun faster than a book or any other common item.
My favorite technique is to offer a “bet” with Liberals.
Whatever consumer item they offer (book, car, vegetable, whatever) in contrast…I make a bet that I can acquire any or all of those things *faster* than they can obtain a handgun.
Typically my offer is to reward them the value of the firearm PLUS give them $1000 for “winning” the race.
If I obtain my items faster, they can pay me for the items and we are even.
Liberals are never willing to engage this race with me.
I have occasionally resorted in a similar technique, offering a bet when someone makes a claim that’s outrageous and patently untrue. Such claims are usually made out of ignorance, so a wager tends to clarify their thinking process and educates those that are merely watching the exchange. My experience is the same as Blue Jays’. I have never had anyone take me up on such wagers.
The key to such wagers is they have to be concrete, verifiable, and the bet has to be public. Another technique is to suggest that the loser’s money be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. The key is to have the person who is making the outrageous claim put their money where their mouth is.
I am curious if anyone has been successful in getting a blow-hard gun controller to actually make such a bet.
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