An article by Joseph Farah on WorldNetDaily calls President Obama’s gun-control plans, specifically, the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, the way “that every mass-murdering tyranny in the history of the world started.”
The piece makes liberal use of the old (and fallacious) slippery slope argument—that banning some types of guns will lead to banning all guns, which will then lead to a tyrannical government and an oppressed people.
The slippery slope argument that the right-wing gun-rights people like to use is intended as a broad appeal to the fear of the people, or, put another way, intended to make us scared of our government, intended to make us “dead certain” that they are coming to take our guns and make us defenseless. Farah writes in his piece,
“In fact, that was what precipitated the War of Independence. When British occupying forces set out to seize New Englanders’ arms depots at Lexington and Concord, the colonists drew a line in the sand. They understood that without firearms, they would lose any leverage they might have with their masters.
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