C121 Statement Analysis

 
1. The excerpts below are taken from a variety of documents. Read each one and choose which type of statement you think it is.
Attention-grabbingArgument-makingCredible/Factual
Banning semiautomatic guns, or some subset thereof, therefore, would not prevent mass shootings, or reduce their victim counts, by changing the shooters’ rates of fire.
About 260 million to 300 million firearms are owned by civilians in the United States; about one-third of American homes have one.
This point is worth making because all of the worst mass murders in U.S. history—not just the murder of more than 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001, but all mass murders with death tolls greater than 32—have been committed with explosives or fire, not guns (Duwe, 2007).
The N.R.A. has frightened lawmakers into giving it credibility it does not deserve.
At the same time, violent crime has been falling and the murder rate is less than half what it was two decades ago.
Gun owners and their advocates must, in turn, stop insisting that gun ownership is an absolute right.
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