Sandy Hook, Slippery Slopes, and “Stupid Americans”


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I, like many Americans, did some serious soul-searching in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  My wife, who is from Bogota, asked me why some stupid people are against banning the sale of automatic weapons.  I, being one of those “stupid people”, explained to her the concept of a slippery slope, where allowing laws banning one thing which seemed acceptable could easily lead to laws banning other things that were unacceptable.  She proclaimed that “Americans are Stupid”.

Americans are stupid, why can’t they just pass a law that they know is right without worrying about a new law that it might theoretically lead to?…Something about that statement made me start to think…

Why was the concept of a slippery slope so foreign to someone outside of our system?

What would happen if we didn’t have to worry about the American Court system and the Slippery Slope?

I am guessing that the majority of second amendment supporters would support laws banning Automatic weapons, high-capacity ammo clips, and require background checks in order to buy firearms.  However, because of the slippery slope arguments, gun-rights activists, politicians, and everyday citizens have to hold firm against any infringement that could lead to the deterioration of the second amendment…

I am guessing that the majority of pro-life people would support laws protecting abortion when the life of the mother is at risk, or when the abortion is due to a rape case, or when incest is involved.  However, because of the slippery slope arguments, pro-life activists, politicians and everyday citizens have to hold firm against any infringement that could lead to further deterioration of pro-life legislation.

I am guessing that the majority of fiscally conservative people would support allowing the tax rates to be raised on people making over a million dollars each year, as long as the government were to also rein in the unconstrained spending habits that we have developed since the New Deal.  However, because of the slippery slope arguments, anti-tax activists, politicians, and everyday citizens have to hold firm against any infringement on their views that could lead to higher taxes for all Americans in the future.

I am guessing that the majority of people believe that two life-long homosexual partners living as a couple should get the same health benefits, power of attorney, and funeral rights as married people get.  However, because of the slippery slope arguments, anti-gay marriage activists, politicians, and everyday citizens have to hold firm against any leniency in the gay rights arena or else gay marriage might wind up being legal in every state.

Before I wrap up, I just want to make this clear:  I am as conservative as they come, and I don’t necessarily agree with everything that I am writing, but I understand that common sense should be more important than political stances…

In the loving memory of 20 innocent children, and several innocent adults, could we all make a Christmas vow of common sense?  Put away the slippery slope arguments, put away the stringent stances, and pass some common sense legislation…

How about we start with passing some laws that will allow for abortions in instances of rape without the rape victim being subjected to humiliation and “education” programs?  Can we all agree that this would be a good law?

How about we start with passing some laws that allow for increasing taxes on those people making over a million dollars a year, as long as we also cut spending?  Can we all agree that this would be a good policy?

How about we start by making sure that two people who have shared a lifetime of love be allowed at each other’s deathbed?  Can we all agree that this would be a good policy?

If all of us “stupid Americans” can’t agree on those….then how about this:

How about we start with passing some laws that will stop letting mass murderers legally purchase guns that can fire dozens of times without being reloaded?  Can we all agree that this would be a good law?

If Sandy Hook has a living legacy….let it be that it forced Americans to stop being so stupid…

Let’s pass some common sense legislation on hot-button issues and move from a culture terrified of the slippery slope, towards a culture who attempts to find common ground even on the most controversial subjects.  I am one writing to you as one passionate American who will pledge to put my slippery slope fears aside and vote for what is right…

Will you?

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About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on December 25, 2012, in Petitions, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. well said,there is hope for america yet if there are more like you.Just watched the piers morgan interview with that idiot pratt who wants teachers armed with concealed guns if his argument is to stand up you will need {female teachers }to be armed with assault rifles.

    • Thank you for your comment Kenny. While I wrote this article from a conservative point of view, my main hope is that both sides of the aisle begin to compromise and find common ground on the hot-button issues.

      Most of us on the right can agree that it is time to ban assault rifles and hi-ammo clips. Will some on the left agree that it is time for some changes to Social Security and Medicare so that the country doesn’t go broke?

      The real question is why does it take a tragedy of this magnitude to bring about any sort of compromise from the folks in Washington?

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