Published: Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"However, it is a possibility that cannot be discounted."We
can take pretty much anything to a completely illogical conclusion.Who do you think will potentially confiscate our guns? The Government?Remember, the government is made of people. Do you think those in the
National Guard or Military would go along with that idea?The logic
is anything but....
“Anderson's slippery slope is not inevitable but it remains a
realistic possibility too serious not to be guarded against.”This argument would have a lot more credibility if those making it would
actually put forth an idea or two on how we can make it harder for the mentally
ill to get a gun. As long as Billy-Bob-Nut-Job can buy a gun from a private
seller (non-dealer) off the record, the government tyranny slippery slope
arguments will continue to sound more like paranoia than pragmatism.
A vast majority (about 90%) want universal background checks. A large majority
would be opposed to a national gun registry and it being used to confiscate
weapons. If the latter was proposed, the advocates would be voted out of office.
In a democracy these exaggerated slippery slopes are not that slippery. The
people and the courts act as brakes. Such arguments are merely scare tactics to
stop even reasonable restraints from being accomplished.
Where is this proverbial slippery slope I have heard about my entire life? If
you ask me it is going the opposite direction than the right has characterized.
The conspiracy theorists will end up using their guns more on each other, for
those are the ones that have created the greatest threats to our society.
The evidence suggests that guns do more harm than good. Laws that make it easy
for any idiot to obtain a gun could be considered a slippery slope of their own.
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