Exaggeration is part art and part mathematics (probability versus possibility that someone will factcheck you).
For an exaggeration to be believable it needs to be something that cannot be easily verified, or something which is debatable.
I am a gun owner. Bad people misusing weapons is ungood. Good people that go bad and use guns for ungood are relatively rare. I support minimal controls over who and how guns are owned and carried.
It may be that my opinion would change if rampant misuse of guns as weapons were the case.
Since the Aurora, Colorado shootings there have been many pro-gun/anti-gun memes floating around the internet.
For those that support gun ownership and relative free usage the facts about misuse are generally on their side. So why exaggerate?
Here is one pro-gun meme that got it is very debatable:
This graphic offers a trick question: Guess which items are used in more murders?
- If the image in Choice B is meant to infer ‘guns’ then the answer is most certainly ‘B’.
- If the question is about ‘military-style rifles’ then the answer is somewhat debatable. Per the Department of Justice the usage of non-handgun guns to commit murder have been tied with other weapons since 1995 as the second most common murder weapon.