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To counter the escalating violence of inner cities, I

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24 Aug 2016, 18:55
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To counter the escalating violence of inner cities, I propose that we pass new legislation banning the sell of handguns to anyone with criminal record. Such a law would require gun retailers to perform background checks on potential customers thereby lengthening the time needed to purchase a firearm while also keeping guns out of the hands of known ex-criminals. This proposal will result in fewer violent crimes and produce safer inner-city communities.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?

(A) the goal of gun control legislation is to reduce the number of easily accessible firearms

(B) ex-criminals who commit violent crimes generally do so with a firearm

(C) a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals

(D) most ex-criminals who purchase guns do so illegally

(E) any legislation restricting gun sells to ex-criminals would result in a reduction of the number of firearms available in most inner cities

Here are my views--

Option 'C' states that--"a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals" ,here 'can' depicts the probability of 50-50 where as in
Option 'B'--"ex-criminals who commit violent crimes generally do so with a firearm" here,'generally' depicts the probability of more than 50%.

We need to select the option which strengthen the argument most.IMO its 'B'.
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27 Sep 2016, 07:18
u2lover wrote:
To counter the escalating violence of inner cities, I propose that we pass new legislation banning the sell of handguns to anyone with criminal record. Such a law would require gun retailers to perform background checks on potential customers thereby lengthening the time needed to purchase a firearm while also keeping guns out of the hands of known ex-criminals. This proposal will result in fewer violent crimes and produce safer inner-city communities.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?

(A) the goal of gun control legislation is to reduce the number of easily accessible firearms

(B) ex-criminals who commit violent crimes generally do so with a firearm

(C) a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals

(D) most ex-criminals who purchase guns do so illegally

(E) any legislation restricting gun sells to ex-criminals would result in a reduction of the number of firearms available in most inner cities

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I think both C and D strengthens the argument.
I m not being able to completely agree with any of the explanations in this thread.
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27 Sep 2016, 11:19
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(C) a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals

(D) most ex-criminals who purchase guns do so illegally

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I think both C and D strengthens the argument.
I m not being able to completely agree with any of the explanations in this thread.
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IMHO the only contenders for this question are (C) and (E)

You can negate (D) , because to strengthen the conclusion we need to show that the proposed act of " passing new legislation banning the sell of handguns " will have the desired effect of " fewer violent crimes and safer inner-city communities."

(D) States that the ban will be ineffective since ex criminals will purchase guns illegally and thus incidents of violent crimes and safer inner-city communities will not be possible.

Whereas (C) states that the desired effect of fewer violent crimes and safer inner-city communities can be achieved by passing the new law, banning the sale of gunds and firearms..

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17 Oct 2016, 10:36
To counter the escalating violence of inner cities, I propose that we pass new legislation banning the sell of handguns to anyone with criminal record. Such a law would require gun retailers to perform background checks on potential customers thereby lengthening the time needed to purchase a firearm while also keeping guns out of the hands of known ex-criminals. This proposal will result in fewer violent crimes and produce safer inner-city communities.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion above?

(A) the goal of gun control legislation is to reduce the number of easily accessible firearms

(B) ex-criminals who commit violent crimes generally do so with a firearm

(C) a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals

(D) most ex-criminals who purchase guns do so illegally

(E) any legislation restricting gun sells to ex-criminals would result in a reduction of the number of firearms available in most inner cities

Violence has been rising in the inner cities.
It says that background verifications would make the process slower and also keep guns out of ex criminals.

Linking both of these statements is what C says-Rising violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals.
The key word is "also".It does not says that violence will only result if we guns are in the hands of ex criminals.But it is suspected that if they acquire guns,then the violence can rise.
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21 Oct 2016, 02:25

Conclusion - The proposal will result in fewer violent crimes and produce safer inner-city communities
Premise - The proposal would require gun retailers to perform background checks on potential customers thereby lengthening the time needed to purchase a firearm while also keeping guns out of the hands of known ex-criminals

So, the argument says that, fewer violent crimes would happen if background checks are performed.
Possible assumptions could be:

1) The ex-criminals do not already possess guns
2) Violent crimes can't be committed other than handguns
3) There are no other sources other than "the retailers", which can help the ex-criminals get access to guns or make it easily available

Now, amongst the given choices:
A is out of scope
In B, one can infer that, say, out of 100 times, a violent crime is done 80 times using handguns. But, 'handguns' is NOT the only choice ex-criminals have. They can pick, say, daggers etc for committing a crime
In D, author has not said anything or defined the term 'illegally'. Option is out of scope
E talks about number of firearms whereas, conclusion talks about number of violent crimes,which can be committed with less handguns too
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16 Jul 2017, 00:56
I went for B and got it wrong. But when i analyzed it, i got the point. It goes as below:

B says that ex-criminals who commit violent crimes generally do so with a firearm. But what if they already have firearms,then the rate of violent crimes will not drop. It does not weaken the conclusion but does not strengthen it either.
C says that a rise in violent crime and violence can be the result of the availability of firearms to ex-criminals. It means that availability of firearms can result in increase in crimes. This in a way is directly related to the conclusion as compared to B.
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16 Jul 2017, 04:11
Imo C
The argument is based on causality .
Premise 1:To counter the escalating violence of inner cities, I propose that we pass new legislation banning the sell of handguns to anyone with criminal record.
Premise 2:Such a law would require gun retailers to perform background checks on potential customers thereby lengthening the time needed to purchase a firearm while also keeping guns out of the hands of known ex-criminals.
Conclusion : This proposal will result in fewer violent crimes and produce safer inner-city communities.

Assumption :Violent crimes are generally committed by ex-criminals.

A is not relevant to the argument .

B is very weak as the ex-criminals can commit crimes violent crimes without firearms.

C is our answer as if violent crimes are the result of the easily available of firearms then the legislation to restrict firearms to ex-criminals will definitely reduce the number of violent crimes .

D is weakener .

E this does not explain whether the reduction in availability of firearms will reduce the number of violent crimes .
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27 Aug 2017, 09:59
I'll echo @sriramkrishnan's concerns.

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Question stem says most strengthen, C says """" can be the result""" which implies that there is a small probability of violent crimes resulting from the availability of firearms to ex criminals.

What is the meaning of "can be" in this context?
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