Beware of the slippery slope

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  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 21, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Jl Sandy, UT
    May 21, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    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.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 21, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    “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.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 21, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    "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....