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# There is no point in spending millions of dollars on security arrangem

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There is no point in spending millions of dollars on security arrangements to protect the President from assassination. It would be impossible to shield any public official from all contact with the outside world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Therefore, a determined assassin will always be able to find some opportunity to attack the President.

The above argument would be most weakened if which of the following were true?

(A) Reducing the number of opportunities for an attack on the President will discourage most assassins and improve the President's chances for survival.

(B) By discouraging attacks on the President, the security arrangements surrounding him also protect the lives of bystanders who might be hurt in an assassination attempt.

(C) Most individuals who attempt to take the life of a political leader are mentally unstable and unable to make rational judgments about their actions.

(D) It is part of American tradition that political leaders make themselves available to the general public on a regular basis.

(E) The cost of an assassination attempt would be prohibitively high for most people.

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05 Aug 2019, 16:32
There is no point in spending millions of dollars on security arrangements to protect the President from assassination. It would be impossible to shield any public official from all contact with the outside world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Therefore, a determined assassin will always be able to find some opportunity to attack the President.

The above argument would be most weakened if which of the following were true?

(A) Reducing the number of opportunities for an attack on the President will discourage most assassins and improve the President's chances for survival.

(B) By discouraging attacks on the President, the security arrangements surrounding him also protect the lives of bystanders who might be hurt in an assassination attempt.

(C) Most individuals who attempt to take the life of a political leader are mentally unstable and unable to make rational judgments about their actions.

(D) It is part of American tradition that political leaders make themselves available to the general public on a regular basis.

(E) The cost of an assassination attempt would be prohibitively high for most people.

what would the answer for this be ? please do help
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05 Aug 2019, 18:15
The question is specifically about protecting the President, and whether security arrangements actually help to prevent assassination attempts. The argument claims they don't, though there isn't any particularly good reason provided (the argument essentially says "you can't protect the President all the time, so why bother protecting the President at all?" which is an argument no one would find convincing). Anyway, the answer that explains the problem with the argument is A. If the presence of security most of the time deters people from ever trying to assassinate the President, then having security most of the time is useful.

You can reach the answer by elimination here too - answers C, D and E have nothing to do with the relationship between security and assassination attempts, and answer B talks about how security protects bystanders, which we don't care about - the argument is about whether the President will be protected.
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