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Several people have died while canoeing during high water on a nearby river in recent years. The local police have proposed a ban on canoeing when the river reaches flood stage. Opponents of the ban argue that the government should ban an activity only if it harms people other than those who willingly participate in the activity, and they therefore conclude that the proposed ban on high-water canoeing is unwarranted.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the opponents' conclusion?

O Sailboats are not allowed on a nearby lake when winds exceed 50 miles per hour.
O Several other local governments have imposed similar bans on other rivers.
O Several police officers have been seriously injured while trying to rescue canoeists who were stranded on the Over while attempting to canoe during high water.
O More canoeists drown while canoeing rivers at normal water levels than while canoeing rivers at high water levels.
O Statistics provided by the U.S. National Park Service show that fewer people drown on rivers with high-water canoeing bans than on rivers without such bans.
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Several people have died while canoeing during high water on a nearby river in recent years. The local police have proposed a ban on canoeing when the river reaches flood stage. Opponents of the ban argue that the government should ban an activity only if it harms people other than those who willingly participate in the activity, and they therefore conclude that the proposed ban on high-water canoeing is unwarranted.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the opponents' conclusion?

O Sailboats are not allowed on a nearby lake when winds exceed 50 miles per hour.
O Several other local governments have imposed similar bans on other rivers.
O Several police officers have been seriously injured while trying to rescue canoeists who were stranded on the Over while attempting to canoe during high water.
O More canoeists drown while canoeing rivers at normal water levels than while canoeing rivers at high water levels.
O Statistics provided by the U.S. National Park Service show that fewer people drown on rivers with high-water canoeing bans than on rivers without such bans.


Premise of the opponents of the Ban : Opponents of the ban argue that the government should ban an activity only if it harms people other than those who willingly participate in the activity

Option C) indicates that police officers who didn't willing to participate were injured. Weakens the argument.
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Several people have died while canoeing during high water on a nearby river in recent years. The local police have proposed a ban on canoeing when the river reaches flood stage. Opponents of the ban argue that the government should ban an activity only if it harms people other than those who willingly participate in the activity, and they therefore conclude that the proposed ban on high-water canoeing is unwarranted.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the opponents’ conclusion?

(A) Sailboats are not allowed on a nearby lake when winds exceed 50 miles per hour.
(B) Several other local governments have imposed similar bans on other rivers.
(C) Several police officers have been seriously injured while trying to rescue canoeists who were stranded on the river while attempting to canoe during high water.
(D) More canoeists drown while canoeing rivers at normal water levels than while canoeing rivers at high water levels.
(E) Statistics provided by the U.S. National Park Service show that fewer people drown on rivers with high-water canoeing bans than on rivers without such bans.

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This is a clear C. Any evidence that people other than those who willingly participate in the activity are harmed will weaken the opponent's conclusion.
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