Project #7908 - critical thinking

College Campuses Are Less Safe Without Concealed Weapons
Gun Violence, 2011 

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"Current school policies and state laws against concealed carry on campus serve only to stack the odds in favor of dangerous criminals."
The assumption that college campuses are safer because students are not allowed to carry concealed weapons is flawed, argues the organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) in the following viewpoint. In fact, SCCC claims, none of the feared risks have been realized at the twelve U.S. college campuses that allow concealed weapons. For example, SCCC maintains, no student under the influence of drugs or alcohol has brandished a weapon at these campuses. Students with concealed weapons will, however, be better able to protect themselves from crime, SCCC asserts. SCCC was created in the wake of the April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.
As you read, consider the following questions:
1. What is assumed about the presence of guns off campus in the argument that if concealed carry on campus were allowed, students would feel uncomfortable not knowing who had a gun?
2. Why, according to SCCC, is the issue of alcohol consumption and reckless behavior by college students a moot point?
3. Why does SCCC contend that extensive tactical training is not necessary for concealed carry holders?
In response to the unprecedented media attention and public support generated by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), the organization leading the charge to extend concealed carry (of handgun) rights to college campuses, a countermovement has emerged, operating under the banner Students for Gun Free Schools (SGFS). SGFS recently released an essay titled "Why Our Campuses Are Safer Without Concealed Handguns." This attack on the positions of SCCC brings few, if any, new arguments to the table and relies instead on the well-worn arguments put forth by groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Answer only questions on the bottom!!!

 


1) identify principle issue?
2)identify bias if found? explain how you found it?
3)identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous? explain?
4)is the source credible? why?
5)identify and name any rhetorical devices? explain?
6)identify and name any fallacies? explain?
7)state one argument made by the author?
8)identify the premises and conclusion?
9)is the argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? explain?
10)Does he use moral reasoning? explain?
 

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