Through the esteemed corner of your newspaper, I would like to grab the attention of concerned authorities that in nearly every debate on gun policy someone will argue that registration is the first step toward confiscation and then tyranny. While this is technically true, it is also an example of an informal logical fallacy called the slippery slope. A slippery slope argument is one in which a small first step will lead through a series of other steps to some inevitable outcome. It is a fallacy because the claimed outcome is usually not the only possible result of that first step.

For example, picking up a gun is the first step toward murdering someone with it. Everyone that has ever used a gun to murder someone else has always picked up a gun first. However, not everyone who has ever picked up a gun has gone on to murder others with it. Murder is not the inevitable outcome of picking up a gun.


Karachi, March 15.