International Business Law As A Model Of Neutrality Avoiding Bias Pitfalls In Gun Regulations

After 19 children and two adults in Texas are gunned down by an 18-year-old who legally purchased an AR
-style gun, why do reasonable measures for background checks fail to make their way through our legislative process? How can legal concepts from international business (trade and investment) law and domestic law systems help provide a solution?

International Business Law and the Gun Debate

The focus of the gun debate and disputes concerning international investment and trade law centers on the tension between an individual’s or a company’s rights and the host government’s responsibility to regulate. With this comparison and consideration of US politics, this article answers both questions.

Question 1: Why can’t a reasonable background check regulation make its way through the legislative process?

Slippery-Slope Arguments

How many times have you heard staunch gun-rights advocates argue that enhancing background checks today will result in government confiscation of their guns tomorrow? A slippery-slope argument is an assertion that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events, culminating in a significantly detrimental effect.

The slippery-slope argument is fatal to any chance of reaching a reasonable compromise. Take, for example, the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis. If the US feared that withdrawing its nuclear warheads from Turkey would have created a slippery slope in which the Soviets continued placing weapons within miles of the US border, we might not be here right now. Other examples abound of

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