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Making the possession of guns illegal will never reduce the

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Post Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:09 pm
Making the possession of guns illegal will never reduce the number of deaths and injuries that are the result of guns. People are aware of the uses for guns and will find new, and possibilly illegal, ways to get them. No laws restricting the sale and ownership of guns will prevent those who want to purchase one from purchasing one.

Which of the following, if true, would best strengthen the above argument?

A) A recent ban on the possession of concealed weapons other than handguns has resulted in a significant reduction of deaths releated to these alternative weapons.
B) In light of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, legislating legal bans on the possession of guns will be extremely difficult.
C) Often, making a product illegal increases an individual's desure to own that product and demand actually rises.
D) Many advocats of gun control believe that it is the weapon and not the possessor of the weapon that is responsible for the violence associated with guns.
E) Legislating a ban on only the most dangerous guns is a sufficient way to cut down demand for guns.

OA: C

What's the best approach to determine the answer?

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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:20 pm
The conclusion: No laws restricting the sale and ownership of guns will prevent those who want to purchase one from purchasing one.
The evidence: People are aware of the uses for guns and will find new, and possibilly illegal, ways to get them.

Choice C, the correct choice, simply makes a general statement that applies to this specific situation. If, generally, making a product illegal increases demand for the product, this supports the claim that laws restricting guns will not prevent their being purchased.

Choice A is an "other" choice. We don't care about other weapons. This choice is out of the scope.
Choice B discusses the difficulty of passing legislation, which is irrelevant to the argument.
Choice D discusses what people believe about gun control. This has no bearing on the argument.
Choice E weakens the argument. It suggests that some gun control would be effective in cutting demand.

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