Stabbing us in the back with Morton’s Fork

One recurring theme in all arguments against gun owners (for these laws have nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with how much they hate you as an individual) is the constant use of Morton’s Fork

It is said to originate with the collecting of taxes by John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 15th century, who held that a man living modestly must be saving money and could therefore afford taxes, whereas if he was living extravagantly then he was obviously rich and could still afford them.

The best example is the argument that “crazy people shouldn’t have guns. If you want a gun, you must be crazy.” You’ll also find many of these bills being submitted that use Morton’s Fork in their application. Turn them in, and you admit to having them which is a crime. Don’t turn them in, it’s a crime.

Being aware of the tactic is a good way to refute it.

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