People who believe firearms should be banned often call Gun-owners paranoid when we bring up the slippery slope argument in discussions of gun control. However, there is very good reason for us to be cautious. It is not uncommon or unheard of for governments to use modifications in the law or public policy to make headway for even greater control. There are many examples through history. When seatbelt legislation was initially passed here in MD, it could only be accomplished if the violation was made a secondary offense. Once that passed, it only took one more year to pass legislation to make not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense.
We often use the UK as an example of gun control policy gone awry. In the UK, the government makes carrying just about anything which could be used as a weapon illegal. That even includes something as innocuous as small sticks.
My pointis that gun - owners' fears in these matters are justified. That is why I think discretion should be used inpassing legislation.I