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  •  This would be more powerful (0+ / 0-)

    If you clearly referenced your sources.  For example, rather than "a 2004 University of Pennsylvania study," you could cite the author(s) (I doubt the University itself published it under its own name), the title, where or how it was published (Peer-reviewed paper? Dissertation? Stand-alone report?) and, if available, a link to the paper.

    •  This is an editorial, not an academic essay (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Understood (0+ / 0-)

        But even documents that aren't "academic essays" contain references, especially if the people writing them know that:

        1) some of the statements will be controversial because there is a sizable demographic within the audience who believes otherwise

        2) it's easy to dismiss statements that appear to be unsubstantiated or vaguely-supported opinion that cannot easily be verified

        But if you don't mind if your work is presented in a manner conducive to it being readily dismissed, have at it.  

        I think in coming days as the gun control discussion proceeds, we should each strive to make sure the sources of our information are reliable, as objective as possible, and capable of being independently verified.

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