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# The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for

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Re: The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for [#permalink]
Wow, great question (and tricky) I actually went with D on this one.

The conclusion is this: Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

We need to strengthen the conclusion.

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury and death -
This doesn't explain why the law makes no sense.

(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.
The assumption in the argument is that knitting needles are like hypodermic needles in that they are both readily available.

Thus, you can't ask doctors' for prescriptions because it's hard to enforce. You can't enforce knitting needles either. Therefore, the law makes no sense because both of these things can't be enforced.
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Hope your preparation is going well.
To do well in such questions, it is important to rightly identify the conclusion and premise. The next step should be to identify the gap or the flaw present in the argument. If it is an assumption question, right answer choice will bridge the gap, in case of strengthening question, the answer choice will reaffirm the assumption and if it is a weakening question, the right answer will target the assumption.
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Conclusion: Law involving hypodermic needles makes no sense and should not be enacted.
Premise: Knitting needles, which are also lethal, are not restricted to obtain, but hypodermic needles are.
Assumption: Knitting needle is analogous to the hypodermic needle; both needles could be equally harmful
A: affirms that knitting needles are in fact dangerous, thereby affirming the analogy between the two types of needles. Correct answer
B: Out of scope-Benefits of either needle is not in the scope of discussion
C: supports the bare assertion that the proposed law might not be effective. However, this answer choice does not affirm the argument's essential reasoning.
D: Weakens-If the law couldn’t be enforced, it cannot be correctly concluded if ineffective or not
E: Weakens-If knitting needles are anyway difficult to obtain, there is little reason to impose a restriction to obtain them
Hope you got the reasoning for this question. Please get in touch for further help.
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Re: The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for [#permalink]
The purpose of the proposed law requiring a doctor's prescription for obtaining hypodermic needles is to lower the incidence of drug-related deaths, both accidental and intentional, involving hypodermic needles. But even knitting needles can be lethal if they fall into the wrong hands; yet everyone would agree that imposing legal restrictions on obtaining knitting needles would be preposterous. Hence the proposed law involving hypodermic makes no sense and should not be enacted.

Which of the following, if true, would provide most support for the argument above?

(A) Knitting needles have been known to cause injury and death.

(B) The benefits of hypodermic needles outweigh those of knitting needles.

(C) The proposed law would not deter the sort of activity known to result in drug-related deaths.

(D) The proposed law could not be effectively enforced.

(E) Knitting needles are not readily available to anybody who wants to obtain them.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The argument is essentially that the proposed law makes no sense because knitting needles are dangerous as well. The argument relies explicitly on an analogy between hypodermic and knitting needles. Thus, the two must be similar in all respects relevant to the argument. Otherwise, the argument is unconvincing. Choice (A) affirms that knitting needles are in fact dangerous, thereby affirming the analogy between the two types of needles.
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