Midterm Exam–an OverviewTo write this 600-750 word argument essay stating your position on whether guns should be permitted on your college campus. Essay Prompt:Will allowing guns on college campuses make them safer? Why/why not?Support your position with evidence: you must cite from at least FOUR of the assigned unit readings, INCLUDING at least one point of view that differs from your own (Refutation). Cite each quote/paraphrase in MLA format.Include a works cited.Remember, your essay must be focused, must have clear and relevant details, must be well researched (with good, credible sources and accurate documentation), and must be well presented and persuasive. Your argument must also contain a refutation.BELOW ARE WHAT I INPUT IN THE OUTLINE. PLEASE SEE THE OUTLINE ATTACHED AS A GUIDE FOR THIS ESSAY. MY STAND POINT WAS THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO GUNS ALLOWED ON COLLEGE CAMPUS. PLEASE WRITE BASED ON THAT AND ALSO INCLUDE A REBUTTAL PARAGRAPH.Write the prompt at the top of the outline: Will allowing guns on college campuses make them safer? Provide a clear thesis statement that responds to the prompt.Provide topic sentences for each body paragraph that offer arguments that support the thesis (NOTE: you need at least THREE body paragraphs).Include an opposing argument (remember to develop a rebuttal for this point in your essay).Include supporting evidence under each topic sentence (in the form of a quotation, paraphrase, or summary that you plan to use to support the point you are making). Be sure to cite from at least FOUR of the assigned sources. (See Purdue University’s OnlineWriting Lab handout on Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing if you need help.)Include MLA-formatted in-text citations for each quote/paraphrase.Add your works cited page to the outline. Refer to the Owl at Purdue site if you need help.
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Midterm Essay Outline
Essay Prompt: Will allowing guns on college campuses make them safer?
Introduction Thesis: Having guns on school grounds would not make the students and
staff feels safer; it would cause a lot of mishaps and lead the outcome of a fight or an
argument to worsen. College campuses consist of numerous amounts of fraternity parties
where there is alcohol like substances involved. This is where students are not in their
senses and could pull out a gun, which is initially for making the campus safer, if an
argument keeps going. By allowing a gun on campus would not only cause injuries, but
also lead to immense amount of deaths.
Why guns should not be allowed on campuses.
A. Can be misused (Incorporate Articles)
a. “Increasing gun availability in campus environments could make far more
common acts of aggression, recklessness or self-harm more deadly and, thus,
have a deleterious impact on the safety of students, faculty and staff.
B. Not the best safety item/equipment
C. Alternative to carrying guns (i.e. pepper spray)
a. As for the college campus environments, the report notes that fights, suicide
attempts, and reckless behaviorall of which are more lethal when a firearm is
presentare far more common among college students in general than are
opportunities for armed students to stop rampage shootings.
IV. Fatal Outcomes of having guns on campus (e.g. injuries, deaths, arrests)
c. A review by Louis Klarevas, associate lecturer at the University of
Massachusetts, Boston, and one of the report’s co-authors, examined the 111
high-fatality mass shootingsdefined as events in which six or more people are
killedthat occurred in the U.S. since 1966 and found that only 13 had taken
place in a truly gun-free zone. (Press)
If allowing guns did make the campus safer, how is it guaranteed that the guns will not be
A. Opposing Views
b. The reasons behind those individual that support this claim
C. Incorporate evidence:
c. Most laws allowing civilians to bring guns on college campuses are relatively
new, and there have been no studies to assess their effects directly. The report
examines available research on right-to-carry gun laws and data about mass
public shootings in public spaces, concluding that neither “gun-free” zones nor
right-to-carry gun laws appear to affect mass shootings in public spaces.
VI. Conclusion: Restate my thesis and key points. Tie up the argument while supporting my
point of view on the use of guns on campus/school grounds. List the opposing view and
incorporate quotes from articles justifying why guns should be allowed from their perspective.
Auyero, Javier. The New York Times Company. The New York Times,
The New York Times, 31 May 2016,
Samuels / Published Nov 27, 2017, Alicia. Study: Allowing Guns on College Campuses
Won’t Reduce Mass Shootings. The Hub, 24 Oct. 2016, https://hub.jhu.edu
Schuppe, Jon. More Guns on Campuses Won’t Make People Safer, Researchers
Say. NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 25 Oct. 2016,
Press, The Associated. More States Are Allowing Guns on College Campuses. WTOP
, WTOP, 18 Aug. 2017, https://wtop.com/congress/2017/08/more-states-are-allowingguns-on-college-campuses/
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