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PLEASE COMPLETE ASSIGNMENT 1.2 (PART 2) IN YOUR OWN WORDS NOTHING COPIED FROM OTHER SITES! PART 1 (ASSIGNMENT 1.1) IS ATTACHED BELOW ALONG WITH THE TEACHERS FEEDBACK FROM THE FIRST PART. PLEASE USE HER FEEDBACK WHEN WRITTING THE PAPER.


Assignment 1.2 - Conflicting Viewpoints Essay (100 points)

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Assignment 1.2: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part II
Synthesizing and Writing
Due Week 4 and worth 100 points


When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking.

The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
For Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes, reviewed the Procon.org Website in order to gather information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
* Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the webtext.


In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas.
Part II – Writing
Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.
2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the Procon.org website that support your position and explain why you selected these specific reasons.
3. Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the Procon.org website.
4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against your position.
5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.
6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed after playing the “Believing Game,” even if your position on the issue has stayed the same.

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify the informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals and abuses of language.
  • Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.



TEARCHERS FEEDBACK BELOW!! PLEASE USE EVERYTHING GIVEN TO YOU WHEN REWRITTING THE PAPER!


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Sarah, please state your own position very clearly in the first paragraph. 3 opposing premises stated with some analysis.

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Gun Contro1 Assignment 1.1: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay - Part 1 Critical Thinking Sarah Thomason Professor Victoria Erhart 10/10/2018 Gun Contro2 Gun Control The pervasive gun culture of the Americas stems from the colonial history, frontier expansion, and the second amendment. The proponent of gun control laws postulates reduction in violence due to gun restrictions. The new gun restrictions are even supported by the gun owners. Opponents state that guns are required for self-defense such as foreign invaders and local criminals. And that ownership of guns deter crime rather than causing more crime. Should more guns control laws be enacted? Yeah, true. We require more gun control laws. However, the following ideas generated seem to oppose my decision. • Gun control laws cannot reduce crime or ownership of a gun cannot deter crime. • Gun control denies citizens sense of safety and infringes on the right to self-defense. • Gun control laws will not deter criminals from breaking laws or obtaining guns. Gun control laws cannot reduce crime or ownership of a gun cannot deter crime. What I found interesting about this opposing view is that outlawing the guns will only imply that the criminals will be the only one having the guns. The criminals will now have a much easier time since the victims will not have the courage to retaliate. With no gun control laws being enacted, I expect a decrease in violent crimes because of the fear of retaliation from the victims (Squires 2012). Other research evidence from the John R. Lott concluded that states with the highest Gun Contro3 number of gun ownership had the highest drop in violent crimes. Perhaps, the fear of retaliation from potential crime victims might be the reason. In this case, gun control laws are insignificant in reducing violent crimes. Gun control denies citizens sense of safety and infringes on the right to self-defense. It’s generally stated in most states that every citizen should own a gun in self-defense and in defense of the nation and police cannot protect every citizen all the time. Perhaps the most interesting fact, from previous research indicates that 94% of Americans feel safe when they own a gun. Therefore, gun control laws might be irrelevant in this case. The idea might be good and true in circumstances when the good guys defend themselves against bad guys/ violent criminals, Dube, (401). Gun control laws will not deter criminals from breaking laws or obtaining guns. Only the law abiding citizens will have their guns taken away by the authorities while the criminals will ignore them. The criminals will still get access to the guns either from friends or family members. The gun control laws will not deter criminals from obtaining the guns. Previous research indicates that 82% of guns involved in mass shooting and crimes were obtained legally. In this scenario, the idea of gun control may not work effectively as expected compared to abolishing gun control laws (procon.org/) According to various studies, gun control laws will not reduce death from firearms. However, an increasing number of guns creates a more dangerous and volatile situation because a large number of average gun owners doesn’t know how to handle life-threatening situations. The average gun owner is not well trained in law enforcement no matter how responsible they are. Gun Contro4 References Dube, Arindrajit, Oeindrila Dube, and Omar García-Ponce. "Cross-border spillover: US gun laws and violence in Mexico." American Political Science Review 107.3 (2013): 397-417. Squires, Peter. Gun Culture Or Gun Control? Firearms and Violence: Safety and Society. Routledge, 2012. Should more guns control laws be enacted? https://gun-control.procon.org/ ...
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