Eksempel på argumentative essay

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The US Gun Debate

Write an argumentative essay in which you discuss issues raised in the current US gun debate.

Write the argumentative essay in English and give your essay a title that reflects your thesis statement.

Word count: 800-1200 words. State your word count at the end of your essay.

Your essay must include references to the source material.
All sources must be documented.

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Guns do kill people

The US has a gun problem. All you need to do to realize this is open a newspaper or turn on the TV. It becomes clear every time there is a tragic mass shooting or a general surge in gun violence, every time an innocent child is accidentally killed by a firearm, and every time gang conflicts escalate into shootouts and drive-bys. And the common thread throughout all of these are the millions of guns and rifles that circulate through our country. There is no getting around it. The US needs stricter gun laws.


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The statistics do not lie. Mass shootings have been on the rise within the past few decades (ll. 9-10), and there are signs they are becoming more deadly as well. The Las Vegas shooting in 2017 killed more than 50 people (l. 15), which is almost five times as many as the Columbine massacre in 1999. Most tragically of all, we have recently witnessed several shootings in elementary schools (such as the Sandy Hook and Uvalde shootings), where most of the victims were children. 

But mass shootings are just a small part of the story, even if they get the most media attention. The horrible truth i...

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