Write a 1 1/2-page essay for each question, responding to the prompt. Each essay should have an introduction, thesis, body, and conclusion.
- In the debate over gun control, it is often claimed that a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to be used in a suicide, homicide, or result in an accidental death than it is to be used to kill an intruder in self-defense.
(Kellerman, A. & Reay, D. (1986). Protection or peril? An analysis of firearm related deaths in the home. New England Journal of Medicine, 314, 1557-60.)
- 1. What is your position on gun control? Make an argument that is supported by at least three statistical findings.
- 2. Find an argument in the media that uses statistics for its premise on an issue other than gun control, and critique it. What requirements must it satisfy in order to be a successful argument? Include a copy of your source with your answer.