The slippery slope is usually considered to be a fallacious type of argumentation. By invoking the slippery slope, you are essentially saying that if one thing occurs at the top of this metaphorical slope, you have no other option but to slide down further. That being said–though it is often categorized with other fallacious argumentation, like ad hominem–slippery slope actually is applicable to some things.
For instance, consider the following story. According to The Inquisitor:
“A West Middlesex University Hospital group contends that violent crime is increasing in Great Britain and kitchen knives are used in approximately half of all stabbings. The team claims that many of the knife attacks are impulsive acts and that a kitchen knife is too convenient of a weapon.”
Apparently, in the wake of a rise in violent crime where the primary weapon used is long kitchen knives, a group of doctors is attempting to get those types of knives banned. This would be similar to measures taken in the 1990’s that put heavy restrictions on guns.
In England, gun restrictions are so harsh, that self defense–post 1969–is no longer a good enough reason to own a handgun. According to The Wall Street Journal, owning a pistol could get you up to 10 years in prison in the UK. With all of these gun restrictions, you’d think England would be a much safer place–at least according to Liberal logic. Well, not so much. Once again, according to The Wall Street Journal:
“Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time…In 1987, Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree in his small town of Hungerford, England, killing 16 people (including his mother) and wounding another 14 before shooting himself. Since the public was unarmed—as were the police—Ryan wandered the streets for eight hours with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun before anyone with a firearm was able to come to the rescue.”
So, in the face of the fact that gun restrictions have done absolutely nothing to prevent gun-related violence in England, you’d like to believe that people wouldn’t apply the same logic to anything else. Not so. This group of doctors wants to ban kitchen knives, with the intent of stopping knife-related violence. If they would simply look at the statistics, they would see that restriction does nothing to prevent violence.
The slippery slope is right in front of us. First, guns were restricted because of gun-related violence, now knives are being threatened. Once long kitchen knives are banned, people will just move on to something else: small kitchen knives, or anything sharp. From there, people will want to ban anything that can be used as a weapon. This will continue until each of us is in our own padded cell, in straight-jackets. Ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but I wouldn’t put it past Liberal “logic.”
It seems obvious to me that guns are not the problem; neither are knives. People are the problem. People with no empathy, no respect for life, and sometimes serious mental issues are the core problem. Yet in the face of all of this information, Liberals in America seem intent on becoming England. We’ve seen the bottom of the slope; England is halfway down. America’s foot is right on the edge.