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# New legislation would require a seven-day waiting period in

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New legislation would require a seven-day waiting period in the sale of handguns to private individuals, in order that records of prisons could be checked and the sale of handguns to people likely to hurt other people thereby prevented. People opposed to this legislation claim that prison records are so full of errors that the proposed law would prevent as many law-abiding citizens as criminals from having access to handguns.

If the claim made by people opposed to the new legislation is true, which one of the following is a principle that, if established, would do the most to justify opposition to the new legislation on the basis of that claim?

(A) The rights of law-abiding citizens are more worthy of protection than are the rights of criminals.
(B) Nothing should be done to restrict potential criminals at the cost of placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.
(C) Legislation should not be enacted if no benefit could accrue to society as a
(D) No restrictions should be placed on the sale of merchandise unless sale of that merchandise could endanger innocent people.
(E) Even citizens who are neither fugitives nor felons should not be permitted to own a handgun unless they have received adequate training.

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01 Aug 2010, 23:34
I also "fell" for A. IMO, A and B are saying the same thing. In A it is implied that nothing be done so that the rights of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon. In B, they just come out and say it.

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I also "fell" for A. IMO, A and B are saying the same thing. In A it is implied that nothing be done so that the rights of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon. In B, they just come out and say it.

New legislation would require a seven-day waiting period in the sale of handguns to private individuals, in order that records of prisons could be checked and the sale of handguns to people likely to hurt other people thereby prevented. People opposed to this legislation claim that prison records are so full of errors that the proposed law would prevent as many law-abiding citizens as criminals from having access to handguns.
If the claim made by people opposed to the new legislation is true, which one of the following is a principle that, if established, would do the most to justify opposition to the new legislation on the basis of that claim?
(A) The rights of law-abiding citizens are more worthy of protection than are the rights of criminals.
(B) Nothing should be done to restrict potential criminals at the cost of placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

A talks about the protection of rights of law-abiding citizens against the rights of criminals. This passage is solely in connection with LEGISLATION and not rights or protection or bla bla..

POTENTIAL is the key word in B. Law abiding citizens could be potential criminals however Potential criminals need not necessarily turn into true criminals. The idea is not to restrict potential criminals who coincidentally may be law abiding citizens (as stated in option B). In this way actual law abiding citizens would not be prevented from having access to handguns.

There4 B is correct
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02 Aug 2010, 03:10
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Gryphon wrote:
I also "fell" for A. IMO, A and B are saying the same thing. In A it is implied that nothing be done so that the rights of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon. In B, they just come out and say it.

New legislation would require a seven-day waiting period in the sale of handguns to private individuals, in order that records of prisons could be checked and the sale of handguns to people likely to hurt other people thereby prevented. People opposed to this legislation claim that prison records are so full of errors that the proposed law would prevent as many law-abiding citizens as criminals from having access to handguns.
If the claim made by people opposed to the new legislation is true, which one of the following is a principle that, if established, would do the most to justify opposition to the new legislation on the basis of that claim?
(A) The rights of law-abiding citizens are more worthy of protection than are the rights of criminals.
(B) Nothing should be done to restrict potential criminals at the cost of placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

A talks about the protection of rights of law-abiding citizens against the rights of criminals. This passage is solely in connection with LEGISLATION and not rights or protection or bla bla..

POTENTIAL is the key word in B. Law abiding citizens could be potential criminals however Potential criminals need not necessarily turn into true criminals. The idea is not to restrict potential criminals who coincidentally may be law abiding citizens (as stated in option B). In this way actual law abiding citizens would not be prevented from having access to handguns.

There4 B is correct

AHH. Thanks. I guess I glossed over the word "potential"...good reminder to slow down and read more carefuly. In that event it's an unequivocal B

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16 Sep 2010, 07:44
B

People opposed to the legislation claim that law-abiding citizens will also get affected.
B) => clearly supports this. -- Nothing should be done to restrict potential criminals at the cost of placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens.
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16 Sep 2010, 21:40
I voted for option B.

Stimulus -- proposed law would prevent as many law-abiding citizens as criminals from having access to handguns.

Option B -- Law abiding citizens should not be grouped together criminals and restrictions placed on them.
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09 Apr 2011, 11:32
B in 2min2sec.
nice question, somewhat similar to real test qs.
(A) The rights of law-abiding citizens are more worthy of protection than are the rights of criminals. << TRICK! we talk about limitation of rights, not of their protection!
(B) Nothing should be done to restrict potential criminals at the cost of placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens. << correct
(C) Legislation should not be enacted if no benefit could accrue to society as a << there are benefits in limiting criminals' access to guns
(D) No restrictions should be placed on the sale of merchandise unless sale of that merchandise could endanger innocent people. << guns clearly endanger people, so this option is junk
(E) Even citizens who are neither fugitives nor felons should not be permitted to own a handgun unless they have received adequate training. << training is out of scope

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16 Jun 2011, 19:06
B it is,as its clear that citizens are being harmed here because of the law for criminals.
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