We keep shoving children into the forefront of the gun debate, and most will say, "Of course. They're getting shot." But we're all getting shot. Using children over and over to advance a claim is tantamount to exploitation - an appeal to pathos for the sake of persuasion. Over and over I see the argument that "Because we have not passed gun laws, Republicans don't care about the welfare of children." Obviously, they do care about children, but injecting children in the debate opens the door to more fallacies: if you cared about children, you wouldn't allow abortion. If you cared about children, you would provide better health care and education...Now you want to ban guns. Using children in this way, sends us into reactionary sentiments, not into reasoned analysis.