College Republican meme.
The entire idea that we shouldn’t create laws because criminals don’t adhere to them is ludicrous. See also: anarchy.
Can I just call a time out here to complain about something? Okay, I’ve seen arguments in this form quite a bit on Tumblr and Facebook recently, both espousing liberal and conservative viewpoints on a bunch of different topics (not just gun control/abortion), and they piss me right off.
Arguments like this basically boil down to “If you believe [Thing believed by people on the opposite side of the political spectrum] but not [Parallel thing believed by people on my side of the political spectrum] then you’re a hypocrite because these things are logically equivalent.”
So what’s the problem? The problem is you’re laughing at people for believing A but not B when (in your eyes) they’re logically equivalent. But you believe B but not A. And according to your argument, they’re logically equivalent. Congratulations, you’ve undermined your whole argument.
Take the example above. Replace the grinning republican with a stereotypical hippie. Switch captions around, leaving “Doesn’t believe” at the top. Typical Leftist Commies! Don’t believe outlawing abortions will stop abortion, but believe outlawing guns will stop gun violence! Tee hee! What idiots!
Long story short: If your argument consists of two independent sentences, and reversing the order of those two sentences proves your political opponents’ point, then it’s not a very good argument.