On freerepublic.com, a commenter, Blue Jays, says he uses this technique when disarmsts claim that they can obtain a handgun faster than a book or any other common item. From freerepublic.com:
My favorite technique is to offer a "bet" with Liberals.I have occasionally resorted to a similar technique, offering a wager when someone makes a claim that is outrageous and untrue. Such claims are usually made out of ignorance, so a wager clarifies their thinking process and educates those that are merely watching the exchange. My experience is the same as Blue Jay's. I have never had anyone take me up on such wagers.
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.
The key to such wagers is that they have to be concrete, verifiable, and the wager has to be public. I suggest that a disinterested third party hold the money. Another technique is to suggest that the loser's money be donated to a charity of the winner's choice.
The advantage of such a wagers is to have the person who is making the outrageous claim "put their money where their mouth is". It shows that the person who backs down from the bet to be unsure of their ground, or simply making things up.
I am curious if anyone has been successful in getting a disarmist to actually make such a bet. I have never seen it.
Such bets can become famous when one side actually loses, as happened in the Simon - Erlich bet on commodity prices.
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