Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Shotgun Argumentation

Shotgun Argumentation

The shotgun argumentation fallacy occurs when one chooses so many arguments, firing many shots as it were, in order to disable your opponent from answering them all.

Example of Shotgun Argumentation

  • An angry sports fan might argue that his team lost because the lights were shut off in the middle of the game, and that the player in the forward position had a gimp knee so wasn't able to score as well, and that the refs kept yellow-carding the best players, and that there was a clear biased for the opposing team, so that is why they didn't win. Making several tangentially valid arguments does not result in a valid claim.
  • A student argues that he didn't do his homework because, he had lost his backpack, and when he found it the notebook was not in there, and it turned out that the dog had eaten his notebook.