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# During the 1980s the homicide rate in Britain rose by 50

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During the 1980s the homicide rate in Britain rose by 50 [#permalink]  11 Oct 2005, 16:22
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During the 1980s the homicide rate in Britain rose by 50 percent. The weapon used usually was a knife. Potentially lethal knives are sold openly and legally in many shops. Most homicide deaths occur as a result of unpremeditated assaults within the family. Even if these are increasing, they would probably not result in deaths if it were not for the prevalence of such knives. Thus the blame lies with the permissiveness of the government that allows such lethal weapons to be sold.

Which one of the following is the strongest criticism of the argument above?

(A) There are other means besides knives, such as guns or poison, that can be used to accomplish homicide by a person who intends to cause the death of another.
(B) It is impossible to know how many unpremeditated assaults occur within the family, since many are not reported to the authorities.
(C) Knives are used in other homicides besides those that result from unpremeditated assaults within the family.
(D) The argument assumes without justification that the knives used to commit homicide are generally purchased as part of a deliberate plan to commit murder or to inflict grievous harm on a family member.
(E) If the potentially lethal knives referred to are ordinary household knives, such knives were common before the rise in the homicide rate; but if they are weaponry, such knives are not generally available in households
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E is the best counter to the argument.
If these knives have always beein in use, the recent spike in homicide rate cannot be solely attributed to these knives.
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E is best criticism.
A is close but it narrows scope to the intended killings (non unpremeditated assaults)
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E as well
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Re: CR - Homicide in Britain [#permalink]  12 Oct 2005, 11:00
Between E and A, I choose E.

E shows us that there must be another reason for the increase because the knives were used before the increase in the rate.

rahulraao wrote:
During the 1980s the homicide rate in Britain rose by 50 percent. The weapon used usually was a knife. Potentially lethal knives are sold openly and legally in many shops. Most homicide deaths occur as a result of unpremeditated assaults within the family. Even if these are increasing, they would probably not result in deaths if it were not for the prevalence of such knives. Thus the blame lies with the permissiveness of the government that allows such lethal weapons to be sold.

Which one of the following is the strongest criticism of the argument above?

(A) There are other means besides knives, such as guns or poison, that can be used to accomplish homicide by a person who intends to cause the death of another.
(B) It is impossible to know how many unpremeditated assaults occur within the family, since many are not reported to the authorities.
(C) Knives are used in other homicides besides those that result from unpremeditated assaults within the family.
(D) The argument assumes without justification that the knives used to commit homicide are generally purchased as part of a deliberate plan to commit murder or to inflict grievous harm on a family member.
(E) If the potentially lethal knives referred to are ordinary household knives, such knives were common before the rise in the homicide rate; but if they are weaponry, such knives are not generally available in households
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duttsit wrote:
E is best criticism.
A is close but it narrows scope to the intended killings (non unpremeditated assaults)

Good one! I was stuck between A and E and was not sure why I shoudl choose E over A!

OA is E!
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Rahulraao, could you please post the OE if there is one?
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Im afraid I dont have an OE for this one. This is from CR-1000
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Re: CR - Homicide in Britain [#permalink]  14 Oct 2005, 05:51
Argument: Homicide from lethal knives are up, therefore, if lethal knives weren't readily available, then homicide would decrease.

Assumption: Homicides are only commited with knives.

Flaw: There are other ways to kill someone.

A is correct here.
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jstalin although your logic is not wrong...it is a scoping issue.
The argument has been scoped with premised that knife is used in most of homocide cases. We should not override this assumption.
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rahulraao wrote:
Im afraid I dont have an OE for this one. This is from CR-1000

Rahulraao, can you please point me where can I get CR-1000 doc. I got SC-1000 from this site but couldnt get link to CR-1000. TIA.
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I need the CR1000 doc too.
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E. Yes
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I got E as well.
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