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# Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure

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Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure on this year’s ballot, would
prohibit the ownership of handguns within the city’s limits. Under the plan, gun owners
would have a 90-day grace period to turn in their weapons to authorities. Proponents of the
proposition argue that fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime,
making the city safer for all of its citizens.
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the
opposite effect. Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals
would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with
impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.
In the letter to the editor, the
two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A) The first is an observation that the author uses to support a particular position; the second is
that position.
b) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the author believes to be true; the second offers
c) The first is a position that the author argues will not hold in this case; the second is the
author’s position.
d) The first is a prediction that the author believes to be untrue. The second is a statement of
fact that undermines the author’s position.
e) The first is a direct relationship that the author believes will not hold in this case; the second
offers evidence in support of the author’s position.

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Kindly provide explanation to this CR question. I chose C.
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Re: Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure [#permalink]

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Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure on this year’s ballot, would
prohibit the ownership of handguns within the city’s limits. Under the plan, gun owners
would have a 90-day grace period to turn in their weapons to authorities. Proponents of the
proposition argue that fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime,
making the city safer for all of its citizens.
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the
opposite effect. Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals
would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with
impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.
In the letter to the editor, the
two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A) The first is an observation that the author uses to support a particular position; the second is
that position.
b) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the author believes to be true; the second offers
c) The first is a position that the author argues will not hold in this case; the second is the
author’s position.
d) The first is a prediction that the author believes to be untrue. The second is a statement of
fact that undermines the author’s position.
e) The first is a direct relationship that the author believes will not hold in this case; the second
offers evidence in support of the author’s position.

Main CR Qs link - cr-qs-600-700-level-131508.html

In the first boldface the proponents claim that fewer handguns on the streets will lead to less violent crime. In the second boldface the author provides evidence to refute the proponent's claim.

Thus - a,b and d are out right wrong and thus eliminated.

Left with c and e - In C second boldface is not the author's position, it is evidence to support the position. The author's position is: Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the opposite effect.

Thus, we are left with e. Hope this helps.
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Re: Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure [#permalink]

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31 Jan 2014, 02:32
Isnt the word "Evidence " in the OA wrong? I don't find any evidence there. what is the source of this question?
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31 Jan 2014, 03:19
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Isnt the word "Evidence " in the OA wrong? I don't find any evidence there. what is the source of this question?

hmmm yeah...I'd agree with your point. It is more of a claim than evidence.
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31 Jan 2014, 06:26
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Letter to the editor:

proponents of the Proposition Q- feel that fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime, making the city safer for all of its citizens.------premise/ evidence- fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime( A leads to B- Direct relationship)
---------------conclusion - city safer for all of its citizens.

author----- premise/ evidence---- armed criminals would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself....
conclusion-----city will not be safe.....

c) The first is a position that the author argues will not hold in this case; the second is the author’s position.....the first BF may be correct .. the second is not....it is not author's position but evidence......

e) The first is a direct relationship that the author believes will not hold in this case; the second offers evidence in support of the author’s position..........BF1- author believes it will not hold true......BF2- AUTHOR'S EVIDENCE.......CORRECT

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31 Jan 2014, 12:44
akankshasoneja wrote:
Isnt the word "Evidence " in the OA wrong? I don't find any evidence there. what is the source of this question?

The author's claim is
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the opposite effect.

And the evidence author provides to support his claim is the next sentence
Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.
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01 Feb 2014, 02:22
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akankshasoneja wrote:
Isnt the word "Evidence " in the OA wrong? I don't find any evidence there. what is the source of this question?

The author's claim is
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the opposite effect.

And the evidence author provides to support his claim is the next sentence
Since only law abiding citizens [b]would honor the ban, armed criminals would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.[/b]

i do agree, second cant be an evidence. Evidence has to be an undiputable fact. The usage of 'would' in the second bold face suggest that author is not sure of the outcome and it could best be author's belief or claim.
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20 Jun 2014, 14:59
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-criti ... questions/

I read it here that Evidence is something that has 'happened' in objective world.
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24 Dec 2014, 04:43
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Letter to the editor: Proposition Q, a controversial measure on this year’s ballot, would
prohibit the ownership of handguns within the city’s limits. Under the plan, gun owners
would have a 90-day grace period to turn in their weapons to authorities. Proponents of the
proposition argue that fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime,
making the city safer for all of its citizens.
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the
opposite effect. Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals
would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with
impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.
In the letter to the editor, the
two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
A) The first is an observation that the author uses to support a particular position; the second is
that position.
b) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the author believes to be true; the second offers
c) The first is a position that the author argues will not hold in this case; the second is the
author’s position.
d) The first is a prediction that the author believes to be untrue. The second is a statement of
fact that undermines the author’s position.
e) The first is a direct relationship that the author believes will not hold in this case; the second
offers evidence in support of the author’s position.

Main CR Qs link - cr-qs-600-700-level-131508.html

I am pretty sure, this is the author's claim not the evidence. In any case C & E were the closest ones

Is there a way questions can be checked by moderators in case there are doubts on it??
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24 Dec 2014, 22:31
The authors claim is that the new law would not help in curbing crime and 2nd boldface is the reason why the author thinks it would not. Only option E states that hence E. hope this one helps.
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Proposition Q, a controversial measure on this year’s ballot, would
prohibit the ownership of handguns within the city’s limits. Under the plan, gun owners
would have a 90-day grace period to turn in their weapons to authorities. Proponents of the
proposition argue that fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime,
making the city safer for all of its citizens.
Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the
opposite effect. Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals
would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with
impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself.

1. Evidence: "a plan to ban ownership of handguns, make gun owners to turn in their weapons to authorities".

2. Main Conclusion (author believes the ban will make the city more dangerous rather): "Unfortunately, the ban would actually have the opposite effect."
Premise: "Since only law abiding citizens would honor the ban, armed criminals
would not only keep their weapons but would also have the confidence to act with
impunity on a population that could no longer defend itself
"

3. Intermediate conclusion (proponent's position): the ban will make "the city safer for all of its citizens"
Premise: "fewer handguns on the streets would lead to less violent crime"

(A) The first is an observation that the author uses to support a particular position; the second is that position.
B2 is not the position (conclusion) - it is a premise.

(B) The first is a pattern of cause and effect that the author believes to be true; the second makes a claim that contradicts this pattern.
The author does not believe it will come true.

(C) The first is a position that the author argues will not hold in this case; the second is the author’s position.
This one is tricky. Since the B1 unites both the intermediate conclusion (position that the author opposes) and the premise this should not be regarded as a solely a position. Let us see further.

(D) The first is a prediction that the author believes to be untrue. The second is a claim that undermines the author’s position.
B2 does the opposite - it is the premise that the author uses to support his conclusion.

(E) The first is a direct relationship that the author believes will not hold in this case; the second makes a claim in support of the author’s position.
As long as I don't like any of the above questions I choose E and I am done. However B2 is correctly named as a claim (premise) in support of the position. If I compare this description of B1 with the one in (C) I shall like (E) option because direct relationship sounds good to descrive a conlusion and a premise combined in one
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