Will the new campus carry law (SB 11) make Texas college campuses safer?
Remember, take a stand (thesis statement), then use the 2 topic sentences to introduce paragraphs that support your stand/thesis. Below are a
few example topic sentences. You do NOT need to use these: I simply want to provide you examples of a clear topic sentence.
Concealed handguns allow liscened adults to defend themselves.
Concealed handguns allow liscended adults to protect others.
Liscensed adults can already carry handguns almost everywhere else.
Accidental shootings and suicides could increase if more guns are on college campuses.
Gun presence changes the atmosphere of college campuses.
School shootings are rare, so there is not much need for defense or protection.
For the above assignment, here are some articles for and against the campus carry law. You are not required to use these, but you may, and you
are encouraged to find additional online resources on your own:
(In your paper, the second line of each reference will be indented)
“Guns Should Be Allowed Everywhere on Campus.” The Witchitan. Midwestern State University. 4 Nov. 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Smith, Morgan. “Campus Carry Gets Final Approval in Texas Senate.” The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune. 30 May 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Zalneraitis, Zachary. “Campus Carry Offers Protection: Opposing View.” USA Today. USA Today. 8 June 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
“Campus-carry Gun Laws Won’t Make Colleges Safer: Our View.” USA Today. USA Today. 10 June 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Neuberger, Joan and Ellen Spiro. “Commentrary: Campus Carry Wrong for UT Faculty, Students.” myStatesman. Austin American Statesman. 30 Sept.
2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Shenhar, Jordan. “Debate Over Senate Bill 11 is Misguided.” The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan. 23 Feb. 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Watkins, Matthew. “Campus Carry Opponents Wage New Battle.” The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune. 1 Oct. 2015. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
In addition, you may use other sources on the internet to support your argument. (Note: all sources you use to support your argument need to be
available to me on the Internet or through the MSU library databases.)
As wh all essays written for this class, follow the specific guidelines outlined in the Writing and Formatting Your Essay Guidelines. In
addition, review the Essay Grading Guidelines to be sure that you are meeting all criteria.
Use a minimum of 2 authoritative, credible online sources to support your argument, at least 1 source in each body paragraph. Each quote should
be introduced in the text: let the reader know in advance whom you are quoting and the context of the source. All sources are correctly cited in
the text using parenthetical citations where needed, and each source is included in a Works Cited or Reference section at the end of the
document, following either MLA or APA style guidelines (see course textbook) consistently. Do not cite sources in the body of the essay with
Internet addresses (URLs), nor only use a URL for the reference at the end of the document.
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