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In the United States in 1986, the average rate of violent crime in states with strict gun-control laws was 645 crimes per 100,000 persons—about 50 percent higher than the average rate in the eleven states where strict gun-control laws have never been passed. Thus one way to reduce violent crime is to repeal strict gun control laws.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) The annual rate of violent crime in states with strict gun-control laws has decreased since the passage of those laws.
(B) In states with strict gun-control laws, few individuals are prosecuted for violating such laws.
(C) In states without strict gun-control laws, many individuals have had no formal training in the use of firearms.
(D) The annual rate of nonviolent crime is lower in states with strict gun-control laws than in states without such laws.
(E) Less than half of the individuals who reside in states without strict gun-control laws own a gun.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 20:46
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 21:56
The best answer could have been "strict gun-control laws were implemented in states which had high violent crime rate" :wink:

A seems to be answer now. The argument says that the violent crime rate has come down since the laws were implemented. If the laws are repealed, then this might increase the crime rate in the states with strict gun-control laws.

E can't be the answer, because there is no information on what proportion of individuals own guns in states with strict gun-control laws.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 22:39
A it eeeezz
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 23:23
Only A fits the bill
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 23:29
Why not B?

If few people are persecuted for crimes, then more of them will commit the crimes.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2006, 23:34
A is best. It tells us the law actually works. The comparison could simply be poor since the other eleven states could have a massive population sample.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 03:07
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 03:21
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2006, 04:02
one more A

B says 'few', but this is not convincing. A few could be 100 over 10000 cases
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