When there are dependent premises, the argument is only as strong
as its weakest premise.
Consider the following argument:
1. People have a right to self-defense.
2. Gun control violates the right of self-defense.
3. Therefore, the government should not restrict gun ownership.
In this argument, 1 and 2 jointly support 3. However, 1 seems to
be stronger than 2, so the argument is only as strong as 2 is.
Independent Premises | Dependent Premises | Multistep Arguments
Assessing Logical Strength