- Read your classmates’ essays and comment on
- the thesis statement – does it include the problem and a summary of the solution?
- the evidence – are there references for the claims made?
- conclusion – does it repeat the problem and solution(s)?
- the hook – is there one? Is it a good one?
- Thinking critically. It is important, although difficult, to think critically about your solution. Consider the solution of more and stricter gun control laws in the United States as a solution to the problem of mass shootings, such as the recent one in Charleston, South Carolina. Can you think of reasons why this might not solve the problem?
- Stricter gun control laws will make it more difficult for all people to obtain a gun for self-defence.
- Criminals can always get guns. They are not deterred by laws. The shooter in Charleston recently did not buy his gun in a gun shop – he stole it! Therefore, even if gun control laws were already stricter, it would not have prevented this case from happening.
- Therefore, stricter gun control laws will probably not solve the problem of mass shootings.
- President Obama has asked for body cameras for police after the shooting by police of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson last year (reference: “Obama Requests $263 Million for Police Body Cameras, Training”, NBC News, Dec. 1, 2014. Accessed July 10, 2015). Can you think of reasons why this might not solve the problem?
- Cameras can break down.
- Video can be easily edited.
- More severe punishment for police shootings, and more prosecutions would be more effective and also cheaper.
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