PLease Rate my Argument Essay..Giving GRE in another 15 days
by, 05-17-2010 at 06:19 AM (698 Views)
[B] Argument Essay-[/B]
[B]The following appeared as an editorial in the local newspaper of Dalton.[/B]
[B]“When the neighboring town of Williamsville adopted a curfew four months ago that made it illegal for persons under the age of 18 to loiter or idle in public places after 10pm, youth crimes in Williamsville dropped by 27% during curfew hours. In Williamsville’s town square, the area where its citizens were once most outraged at the high crime rate, not a single crime has been reported since the curfew was introduced. Therefore, to help reduce its own rising crime rate, the town of Dalton should adopt the same kind of curfew. A curfew that keeps young people at home late at night will surely control juvenile delinquency and protect minors from becoming victims of crime.”[/B]
The main idea that the author wants to establish in the prompt is that a curfew that keeps young people at home late at nights would alleviate the problem of juvenile delinquency. However this argument does not appear logically sound. One can find various loopholes and flaws in the argument after analyzing it from all perspectives.
The mention by the author that crime rates in Williamsville dropped by 27% during curfew hours is undermined by his vague assumption that juvenile delinquents were likely to commit crimes only after 10pm. Crime rates might have dropped during curfew hours, but what about the crimes committed during day time?? Juvenile delinquents are equally likely to commit crimes during day time as are during the late hours. Furthermore ,the author fails to understand that adopting a curfew after 10pm would in fact increase the crime rates as it would provoke youths and give them more room to commit crimes during day time. Therefore the suggestion that Dalton should adopt a similar curfew is certainly not the right approach for reducing the crime rates.
Nowhere in the editorial has there been a mention about the nature of crimes taking place. Crimes like theft, kidnapping , hit and run, which are most likely to take place during the late hours, would now be taking place during day time. The public in Williamsville would now be more vulnerable to such crimes during day time and hence would have to take extra alert and cautious measures all the time. Furthermore, the reasons for low crime rates during the curfew hours could be many such as-youths devoting more time to studies due to academic exams approaching, youths taking a liking towards indoor activities such as indoor games, television etc.
All these reasons are substantial enough to contradict the authors claim that a curfew would certainly help in controlling juvenile delinquency. To sum up I feel that the conclusion made by the author reflects a narrow-minded viewpoint rather than a broad and balanced one. The argument is therefore neither well reasoned nor well supported.