The entire purpose of an argumentative essay is to task students with the challenge of choosing a side on an extremely controversial topic. The students are posed with a question that has no real answer, and they are forced to think critically in order to formulate their own answer to the controversial question. This is not about getting everyone riled up and in a storm of shouting opinions. It is; however, in an effort to get students to realize that they must support their opinions with facts, and not just other opinions. One of the most common topics for an argumentative essay is the topic of gun control and the debate over this controversial topic. There are a number of different very adamant views on this controversial topic and they are very provocative to the emotions of people. Below are some of the tips to writing a strong argumentative essay on the topic of gun control:
Longer essays may also contain an introductory page that defines words and phrases of the essay's topic. Most academic institutions require that all substantial facts, quotations, and other porting material in an essay be referenced in a bibliography or works cited page at the end of the text. This scholarly convention helps others (whether teachers or fellow scholars) to understand the basis of facts and quotations the author uses to support the essay's argument and helps readers evaluate to what extent the argument is supported by evidence, and to evaluate the quality of that evidence. The academic essay tests the student's ability to present their thoughts in an organized way and is designed to test their intellectual capabilities.