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Counterclaim Paragraphs

How to entertain objections and still come out on top!
by

K. Keener

on 24 April 2014

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Transcript of Counterclaim Paragraphs

Example:
Easy Counterclaim: Asking people to obtain a gun license
does
prevent public shootings in America.
The Shut-Down:
Ask yourself: What is the counter-evidence missing?
What's the larger picture here?
What are counterclaims?
Counter = against
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How can we entertain objections
and still come out on top!

These are objections that people will make AGAINST your claim.
Claim: Asking people to obtain a gun license does not prevent public shootings in America.
Ask Yourself: What would someone bring up if they wanted to prove me wrong?
Counter-evidence
(what evidence will they bring up against you):
Claim: Asking people to obtain a gun license does not prevent public shootings in America.
Counter-evidence: Most public shootings happen with unlicensed guns. The Columbine massacre occurred with unlicensed weapons.
Counterclaim: Asking people to obtain a gun license does prevent public shootings in America.
Shutdown: My critics have a point when they mention that some shootings happen with unlicensed guns. They argue that if gun licenses worked, there would be no guns available for these shootings. Unfortunately, my critics miss the larger picture. Currently, unlicensed guns are easily obtained. This does not mean that we need to do away with gun licenses. Instead it simply means we need to enforce gun licensing laws more strictly.
Concede their point:
Tell them what they missed.
Let's review:
State the counterclaim
Counter-evidence
Some believe that gun licenses are limited in their ability to keep us safe. My critics have a point when they mention that some shootings happen with unlicensed guns.
They argue that if gun licenses worked, there would be no guns available for these shootings. The massacre at Columbine High School was staged with unlicensed weapons.
Shutdown:
Unfortunately, my critics miss the larger picture. Currently, unlicensed guns are easily obtained. This does not mean that we need to do away with gun licenses. Instead it simply means we need to enforce gun licensing laws more strictly.

Introduce Counterclaim: Yet some readers may challenge the view that (insert claim). After all, many believe (insert counterclaim).
Concede a point: While it is true that...
Sentence Starters
Insert counter-evidence: These critics might bring up that...
Shut-down:
...what these critics don't yet understand is that...
Concede= Admit a point
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