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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
This argument represents a
slippery slope fallacy
. It is by no means certain that the infliction of pain being accepted in a certain context makes it more likely to be accepted in other contexts.
Legalization of marijuana was repeatedly opposed by slippery slope arguments that marijuana consumption is a gateway to heavy drug abuse, such as in
. Yet, the example of
illustrates that these concerns did not materialize.
The government imprisons people, but that does not make kidnapping any more prevalent.