October 17

Mother Jones

What do you think of the article and its argument about Romney? Is it a legitimate analysis? Do you think they have a valid point? Have they proven their assertion? And what do you think about Romney’s linking gun violence to single moms? Proofread for s-v agreement, active voice, and sentence boundaries (run-ons, fragments, comma splices). Copy your work before you submit it.

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  1. Haley Rosano

    Haley R.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11 per. 2
    18 October 2012

    I didn’t understand Romney’s response. I could not find where it truly connected to the question that was asked. I do not find that the analysis is legit either. The way that Romney approached the problem, by addressing single mothers, does not seem to appeal to everyone. Romney’s response doesn’t answer the question, it tells a story. Romney is telling a “what if” story about families, and how he would like things to play out. The way that he attempted to seem caring about the subject made his response worse. Romney attacked single mothers by implying that they should have gotten married and been settled before they had children as well as they are the cause for all of the violence that has been happening which is not true. Poverty also plays a large roll in Romney’s statement as well; he touches on the points of marriage, and being able to support your children. Romney also stated “…that’s a great idea because if there’s a two-parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically.” (Par. 4) Is Romney implying that most single parents or in this case single moms cannot provide for their children? What does this have to do with keeping guns away from criminals? Governor Romney dug into a whole new topic just by that one sentence.

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  2. Canyon R

    Canyon Riley
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    18 October 2012
    I agree with Aaron on the fact that this article is right about what Romney did wrong, but the article was too biased. I believe that Romney had the right intentions, but he said it wrong. He wanted to say that if a child grows up with both parents, it is more likely that he or she will stay out of violence and follow in the footsteps of his or hers parents. A child that grows up with one parent is more likely to be defiant due to the need of another mother or father figure. Of course none of this is for certain. But because Romney brought the topics of gun violence and single mothers close to one another, it gives some critics an extra reason to bash him, Although I favor Obama more than Romney, I am willing to look at this issue from both my perspective and Romney’s perspective.

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  3. Oscar G

    Oscar G.
    October 18, 2012
    Period 1
    Ms. Keeble
    This essay is very interesting, in the sense that Romney might have no idea what it is he is talking about. Maybe we can not blame him, he might have gotten caught in the moment infront of a live crowd of people. There is a very good analysis done by the writer of the essay. This makes people really question Romney’s actual challenge compared to Obama. While the writer tries to prove the point that Romney is clueless in what he is doing; which he succeeds to prove. Romney’s connection to guns with single mothers, can and has outraged many single mothers that heard him say that. Yes most violence comes from the home, but that is no reason why he should blame the single mothers. In the end Romney’s presence as a candidate for president is going to be questioned even more now.

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  4. DaJohn Wade

    In my opinion, Romney seems to be spitting off at the mouth with his “facts” he states. I do believe this is a legitimate analysis. Romney is lessening his chances at winning the election by trying to put the blame off on single mothers. That was not an intelligent move on his side at all. Also, trying to demean the Fast and Furious franchise was not beneficial to him neither, since the franchise has a huge U.S. fan-base, and some of those fans are voters. Mr. Follman made his assertion and had a very valid point in this essay. He gave intriguing, factual information, stated his argument, and was straight to the point. His literal statements like, “If it seems a little nutty to suggest that fewer unwed mothers is key to reducing carnage from AK-47”, stood out to me, since that it was Romney is insinuating. Over all, this essay was very well did and his point was stated clearly and persuasively.

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      Thanks DaJohn! Nice incorporation of your concrete details. If you use an active verb in that last sentence, more than likely, the verb will correct itself. Look at it and revise please.

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  5. Thomas T

    After reading the article, it is clear that the article’s argument was trying to slander Romney through evidence and quoting from the debate. I believe that the article made a valid point in attacking Romney by quoting directly from the debate and how he contradicts himself. Single mom’s have almost nothing to do with what their child does. The use of parenting skills slightly affects a child’s ability to know when something is taken to from bad to catastrophic. Anyone can turn from being the most likely to succeed teenager to the next marine overseas.

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  6. Kiloni D.

    Kiloni Driskell
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, 2
    18 October 2012

    I found the article very interesting and different. Romney sounds delirious when he compares gun violence to single moms. Why single mothers? Why not single fathers? In my perspective single moms are not the problem of gun violence. It is not about how many parents raised you but it is how you were raised and the type of people you grew up around. Romney has no idea what he is talking about. This is not a ligitimate analysis because Romney does not state any facts to back him up or logos. Any child can be raised by a single mother and be perfectly fine. Obama proved a valid point and I think Romney should rethink his position on gun violence rather then pointing the finger.

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  7. Maria

    Maria M.
    Ms.Keeble
    AP English 11
    18 October 2012

    I believe that this article is focusing a lot in what Mitt Romney has to say about violence. To me it seems to be more focused on him because they want to prove that Romney is not the indicated President for America. Also to show his weak ability of proving certain points and views. I do not think that Romney is talking about Mothers specifically, i think he is talking about both the mom and dad. I do not necesssarly agree with him because yes, although parents influence a lot on how their kids are growing up to be, each individual makes their own choices no matter what their soroundings tell them. In many cases there are sons who have the best parents and role models yet they go through the wrong path, and in other cases it is the opposite. I think Romney didn’t use a strong argument.

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  8. Maria Martinez

    Maria M.
    Ms.Keeble
    AP English 11
    18 October 2012

    I believe that this article is focusing a lot in what Mitt Romney has to say about violence. To me it seems to be more focused on him because they want to probe that Romney is not the indicated President for America. Also to show his weak ability of proving certain points and views. I do not think that Romney is talking about Mothers specifically, i think he is talking about both the mom and dad. I do not necesssarly agree with him because yes, although parents influence a lot on how their kids are growing up to be, each individual makes their own choices no matter what their soroundings tell them. In many cases there are sons who have the best parents and role models yet they go through the wrong path, and in other cases it is the opposite. I think Romney didn’t use a strong argument.

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  9. Desiree N.

    Desiree N.

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English

    18 October 2012

    I think the author of this article analyzed well. He had quotes and a video to back up his claims. However, I believe that this author was very biased, his analysis wasn’t very logical, it was more of an adhominem attack. Romney wasn’t pointing fingers at single women, if anything he was pointing at parents, also he said this was one of the problems, which I believe is true. The house you grow up in will have some sort of effect on you, big or small. I think Romney just burted out what he truly believes is one of the causes of violence and didn’t think to much of it. Obama even agreed with Romney once it was his turn to discuss the subject. I think the author and other people turned Romney’s claim into a bigger problem than necessary.

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  10. Joelynn D.

    Joelynn D.

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English – 2nd period

    Response

    This article made a legitimate argument with facts to back its position, but it was a little over-exaggerated. The points and facts were true, but I do not believe Romney meant to put the entire blame on single mothers. The article took his words out of context and made it seem harsher then it really was. Yes, he did say that single mothers play a role in parenting, but in a broader sense he was talking about how family influences affect a child’s behavior. Personally, I do not believe that family relations and gun violence are as related as Romney made them seem. Parents do play small role, but there are other factors like education, social influences, etc. that have a greater impact then parenting which are more important to address.

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  11. Abraham N.

    Abraham N.
    AP English 11
    Ms. Keeble
    Period 5
    18 October 2012

    I believe that the article was trying to be funny and poke fun at Mitt Romney for his comments towards single mothers and parents in general. I also believe that the author of the article Mark Follman, was more of a biased opinion than analysis, but I still agree with his opinion after reading the article and Romney’s quote. I’m not really sure if Romney’s argument is actually valid since I think it doesn’t matter which kind of family you were raised in, I believe it’s the location where you were raised at.

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  12. Johan Ocegueda

    Johan Ocegueda
    Ms. Keeble
    Ap English
    18 October 2012
    I feel like the arrticle had a very strong point. I dont think that Romney directly attacked mom, I think he went against parents all together. I agree to what he is saying, because I feel that most of the violence that goes on in the U.S. starts off in the houses. I am not saying that parents are bad or anythng. I know that there are many other reasons to why there is so much violence in the world, I am just saying this is one of the reasons. The analysis was great, not only did it make sense but it also had evidence to every fact it spoke about. Over all everything was great. But for once I do believe that Romney is right. A kid turns out the way his parents make him. If he see’s drugs and alcohol everyday, there is more of a chance that he will be a drug adddict or something than he will become a lawyer or a doctor. Everythings starts off in the house in which you live.

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  13. valeria

    Valeria

    I find it interesting how thss author, Mark Follman, pointed out this subject out of the rest arguments that Obama and Romney had. Although, I do not believe that Romney specificly pointed out to single mothers but he did point out to parents. What I got from Romney is that he believes violence comes because of families. I do agree that some kids grow up in the wrong direction but it is not always a parents fault. No one can control everyone perfect and not everyone has a good side. The problem about gun violence in this country is high because guns are an easy access now a days. Anyone can own a gun somehow and I believe someone should do something about that. Overall, this article was strong because it had videos to support its argument and made a good point on what he was trying to get the word out.

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  14. lizbeth

    This article mainly focus on Romney’s view and idea on stopping the violence and shooting. In my option Romney is just throwing words out there. He is saying things that don’t make sense. I don’t think your cutler has anything to do with shooting and killing. The topic was on how to stop shooting and such things. But I do agree on how he said parenting has something to do with it. Yet I don’t think parents go around telling kids to kill and shoot people. I don’t think Romney should have connected parenting and cutler with this topic. He could have worded curtain things differently.

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  15. Gonzalo Haro

    Gonzalo Haro
    Ap Lang. and Comp.
    Ms. Keeble 1st Period
    October 18, 2012

    I think this article is well thought out, and on point. The argument against Mitt Romney proves that he is an inadequate candidate for presidency and he has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to violence and gun control. The analysis is legitimate because it only takes common sense to prove that Romney is wrong. The author used both quotes and videos to point out what Romney said. Romney didn’t point his finger necessarily on women, but he did put a lot of the blame on the parents; which was really absurd considering that there are tons of other factors to consider when you talk about violence, such as socioeconomics, education, unemployment, and lack of adequate psychological development.

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  16. Aaron C

    The article is accurate in the fact that it is not simply making assumptions and is able to back its attacks on Romney with evidence. It lacks real analysis; rather, it points out the flaws and contradictions that Romney made during the debate. There is likely to be more relevant information on the large scale that the article withheld on purpose to favor their bias towards Obama, so it is the responsibility of the reader to make proper judgment. I feel that Romney did not think hard about what he was saying, and clumsily made mistakes as a result, which any observer would attack easily. Romney’s points also showed that he lacked proper analysis skills, as he targeted broad problems with small causes that could not possibly be the entire trigger.

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  17. Rachael B.

    Rachael B.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Period 2
    18 October 2012

    I found this article to be very interesting. I felt it wasn’t to put Romney down but to actually show what the Republican opinion on guns in America is. The article made a clear and valid point that Romney believes single parents, with the focus on single moms, are the reason kids grow up obtaining weapons and committing murders through quoting what he originally said. I think Romney’s argument that children growing up with single moms cause them to become dangerous is invalid. There are a lot of kids who grow up with only a mom or only a dad, but I don’t think that causes them to be mass murderers or murderers in general. There are bigger reasons for why people kill others. That reason being there’s something psychologically wrong with the person, not the fact that they grew up with one parent. If that single parent was to abuse that kid, the kid would be mentally and emotionally scarred which could possibly lead them to act upon their past trauma by killing another person, but see? It’s all psychological. I think Romney gave too much credit to the single parents who really just can’t control their kids’ mental aspects.

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  18. Dominique

    Dominique N.
    Per 2
    10/18/12

    I found this article very strange and different from the other president debate topics, yet there was something interesting about it that caught my attention. This particular article showed that Romney does not have the potential for presidency (in my opinion), for his tone of speech and statements offend the audience. Why talk if no one is interested in what you’re saying? I believe that Obama proved a valid point, but I felt that Romney was trying to target any specific group and blame them for this problem. I disagree with Romney, I do not believe that single mothers are the reason for gun violence, and there is no evidence proving so. Why are single fathers not the cause? What do these factual rates of single parenting have to do with gun violence? In the speech Romney didn’t exactly come out and say single mothers, but his speech still implied it and the audience still took it negatively. Therefore, Romney might start to lose voters for his negativity.

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  19. Mary Jane M.

    I think that Romney was just looking for an excuse to explain why there have been so many shootings. I also don’t think that he had his facts right, and just pointing the finger at an easy target. However, I’m partially stuck between the controversy, whether it is true or not. I believe that the parents are a major part in they reason, but the people causing the shootings are more to blame because it’s their own choice. An easy way to solve a situation like this, is not to take away the gun law, but to advise it and make it more stable. Such as to make sure they actually know who they are selling guns to and make it less easy for anyone to get a hold of guns and other weapons. I think that people like Romney and Obama should find a way to prevent things such as shootings, instead of being so fast to blame someone.

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  20. Amacalli Duran

    Amacalli D
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    19 October 2012

    It is obvious to me that this article was written in favor of Obama. Even though the author, Mark Follman, wrote in a bias perspective, his judgments do not take away credit from the facts and points he presented. This article is legitimate because Follman did quote and use specific details from the debate to support his claims. The article has a valid claim because Follman also explained how Romney himself demonstrated his incompetence and ignorance. By relaying quote and video segments, the article proves the assertion of the author. I find Mitt Romney’s link of gun violence and single mothers offensive as well as, illogical. Romney claims that a child needs both parents, but who is to say that one parents isn’t competent enough to raise a child? I believe single parents or more specifically single mothers have no direct link to gun violence.

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      Nice Amacalli. I am wondering what happened to your “active voice.” Go back and look at where you can make revisions.

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  21. Raymond P

    Raymond P
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    Per. 5

    The article I just read is pointing out and addressing gun violence. In my point of view Romney did not know a whole lot about gun violence and him connecting it to single mothers was a bad idea. I believe Romney did not have a legitimate analysis, I say this because he did not have factual analysis about automatic guns. Romney connecting guns to single mothers made it worse, because he is saying that it is the mothers fault for gun violence. I believe having two parents or even one parent will still have a same outcome for gun violence.

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  22. Natasha R.

    Natasha R.
    Keeble
    Period 5
    AP English
    8 October 2012

    While I was reading the article , I was confused on why Romney was connecting owning guns to single moms. Those are two seperate things that aren’t even distinguished with each other! Though, it sounds like to me that Romney is saying that violence starts at home, and if both parents are not in the picture ,then the child will probably lean to be violant. What Romney was stating was gibberish and no pure facts ever came out of his mouth when discussing about this topic. Romney has to cite his information so that the next time he speaks, facts are being spoken and not ideas just being put together.

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  23. Rebekah N.

    Rebekah N.
    AP English 11
    17 October 2012

    The article was well written and had many fact-evidence structured paragraphs. I do believe it is a legitimate analysis mostly because all of his statements were backed up by evidence, specifically, direct quotes from the debate from both Romney and Obama. However, I do not believe they have a “valid point” and I also feel their point of view towards Romney’s opinion is biased. From the tone of the article the author was automatically very critical of Romney’s mistake of saying “Automatic guns are illegal in this state”. I do not understand why this author couldn’t have been more compassionate. I’m sure governor Romney has visited many states that possess different laws, therefore it is unfair to express hatred over some type of confusion one may have with the law. I also believe Romney made an indirect link to gun violence and single mom’s. Even though it did seem as if he was attacking specifically single mom he also stated that there are moral’s that need to be set in homes such as getting married before having children thus creating a two-parents household where “the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically.” Here, Romney is just stating stating the obvious. Again, I do not believe Romney is directly attacking anyone in particular but if he is he made an indirect attack.

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  24. Jonathan v

    Jonathan v
    Ms.Keeble
    period 1
    October 18 2012

    Well in my opinion Romney has no say in where the violence starts he neds logos to prove this. Overgeneralizations are always made during this time, but yet again a certain group has to be targeted. Romney might think that to solve the problem of violence, has to just blame someone but single or not the kids have a mind of their own and can make their own decisions. Both parties have very good points and yes the he moms are suppossed to be able to stop their childrem from doing somethings, but when they grow up teir mom is not goiong to be in their life.All in all both of these men have just been contradicting, but all analysis confuses low inforatin voters. These voters eat all of one candidates ideas and use it to make their own decisions.

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  25. Jashleen Singh

    Jashleen Singh
    Ap English 11 Per 2
    10/18/12

    The author of this article does have a legitimate argument. He has a valid point and definitely proves his assertion. Romney linking gun violence to single mothers is absolutely ridiculous. While a mother is responsible for her child, she cannot control his/her every move. That is what Romney fails to realize. Whether the mother is single, married, or in a relationship, however, doesn’t play a part in if the child was to get involved with gun violence or not. Parenting skills do. A child with a single mom raising him with good parenting skills will more likely have a brighter future than the kid who has two parents with horrible parenting skills. All in all, Romney connecting gun violence to single mothers doesn’t make sense and the author of this article definitely had a legitimate argument.

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  26. maria f

    Maria F
    Period 2

    I think that this article was very interesting. This article let people see weather or not Mitt Romney is a good president. I think that he wasnt just pointing it out on single mothers but to all parents in general. The article was backed by many true facts to support what was being said. I dont think that the gun violence rate is high because of single mothers, Romney should definetly go back and fix what he said.

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  27. Caitlin H.

    Caitlin Huie
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Per 2
    18 October 2012

    According to the article, Romney thinks the way to end gun violence begins with the parents. He blames single parents for the fact that these criminals have guns and are killing people. I somewhat agree with him, but there are more reasons for this problem that the parents have no control over. They could be the perfect parent, but outside distractions could lead their kids on a different road. I think the article had a legitimate analysis on their argument on Romney. They showed facts with videos and they cited some of Romney’s exact words. These evidences prove their assertion on Romney and his opinion. Romney shouldn’t blame everything on single moms. There are other reasons out there, but his mind is closed on his opinion that single moms are the cause of the gun shootings.

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  28. Jennifer S

    The argument of the article was that Romney is unable to validate his standpoints with core facts. For example, Romney ultimately stated that the less fortunate children with single parents were a cause leading to gun violence beacuse they were not raised with the benefit of two parents. This was an opinionated statement rather than a proven leading cause to gun violence. He also generalized that all single parents were well beneath the poverty line. His syllogism did not directly correlate because he did not take the necessary factors into consideration. It is possible for a married couple to be in extreme poverty and it is possible for a single parent to not be in extreme poverty. It is also possible for children of single parents in poverty to never take part in gun violence.The author thoroughly justified his argument by including a video of Romney’s actual speech.

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  29. Jessica A

    Jessica A.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP Lang. and Composition, Per. 5
    18 October 2012

    The article analyzed some invalid statements that Romney mentioned. He stated that if the number of single moms and dads decreases, then the amount of gun violence will decrease as well. Quite frankly, I see no correlation between the two. However, it is likely for a child to encounter gun violence in their lifetime if they grew up with a single parent, but it is also very plausible for a child who grew up with both parents to engage in gun violence as well. Thereby, I disagree with the assertion that Romney stated, “we can make changes in the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence.” It’s not the culture of the people that creates this uproar in gun violence, it’s merely the choices of those specific troubled individuals. The authors of this article proved their assertion well. They demonstrated how Obama took a valid and strategic approach to gun violence, while Romney, on the other hand, pointed his finger at single moms and suggested that raising children better will decrease this uplifting in gun violence.

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  30. Rachel N.

    Rachel N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Language & Composition
    19 October 2012

    The article, “Romney Points Finger at Single Moms On Gun Violence,” by Mark Follman, intends to degrade Romney for making an indirect claim that a family who has two parents would reduce poverty in America more than a family with a single mom or dad. This author and the audience who watched Romney’s speech has a right to be offended by what Romney said. By claiming that a married family is better suited financially than a family with a single parent is generalizing that all families with single parents are not providing the emotional needs and influences on their children to restrain them from participating in gun violence. In fact, this is a legitimate analysis because the author is clearly offended that he is criticizing certain choices and lifestyles select families have chose to live. The author does have a valid point because he doesn’t appreciate how Romney is claiming that the reason gun violence is so high in America is because of single moms and how they cannot provide an environment where their children don’t feel the need to participate in that. He is criticizing their mistakes and making it seem like it is the families with single parent’s fault, that our country possesses this dilemma. Parents might have a huge influence on their children, but in the end, it is that person’s own choice whether they want to possess a gun or not. They have proven their assertion partially. They do have the evidence where Romney criticized single mom’s, but they do not have the statistical evidence to prove that it is not single mom’s who are causing this problem. It is completely ridiculous how Romney is linking single moms to gun violence. Single mom’s may have a huge influence over their children who play with guns, but they should not be blamed for the increase in gun possession. They are not the ones who own the gun, it’s their kids. We should strive to better the children’s environment whether they live in a family with single parents or married parents.

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  31. Sarai P.

    Sarai P.
    AP English
    Ms. Keeble
    19 October 2012

    The argument which is being presented in the article is not only valid, but it is also true. I do feel however, that the article is written in complete bias towards President Obama. The article connotes a negative tone from the author towards Romney. While I do agree with the author’s position in regards to the debate, this article cannot be considered accurate, due to the fact that the emotions of the writer are interfering.
    In regards to Romney’s belief that single mom’s are the reason for mass shootings…Oh boy. That has to be one the most idiotic, and far fetched belief that someone can make. Truthfully, how does this guy come up with something that dumb? Does someone write it for him, or what? Besides this claim being so…untruthful, a mother and father can only do so much to stop their kids from doing something. It is not like mommy and daddy are going to tap your hand and say no whenever someone who is mental enough to think, “Hey, you know I think that today might be a good day to go commit a mass murder.” Life just doesn’t work that way. So even if more mothers got married, it would have no direct correlation to the stopping of mass murders.
    It is still quite funny to me that Romney believes single mothers and mass murders have a correlation. It reminds me all too much of the show, One Tree Hill; specifically, the episode which involves a student mass murderer with a single mother. Who knew he was a fanatic?

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  32. Jasmine J

    Jasmine
    AP English 11, 1st Period
    Ms. Keeble
    18 October 2012

    I feel that the article is a legitimate analysis but I also feel as if the author is biased. While reading the article, I got a sense that the author was Pro- Obama or better yet, Anti- Romney. With that said, however, the writer made a clear argument that made sense. I wouldn’t say that Romney specifically linked gun violence and single moms but he definitely implied that there was a connection. Romney made it sound as if, if you lived in a home with a single parent, which is more often a mother instead of a father, you’re more likely to live in poverty. After that, he connected poverty to gun violence. Romney insinuated that if you live in a single parent home, you’ll live in poverty and ultimately result to gun violence. I see that as a slippery slope and felt the entire argument was quite asinine.

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  33. Heather H.

    Heather H.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Period 2
    19 October 2012

    This article does make a very valid point and proves it well. It claims that Romney got some facts wrong and provides valid proof. As for my opinion, single moms have absolutely no connection with gun violence. Also, Romney seems very enthusiastic about how two-parent homes are best for children. If that’s his point, he should consider how many more two parent families there would be if gay marriage was legalized.

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  34. Bilguun B.

    Bilguun B

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English

    17 Oct 2012

    I believe banning guns in America will not solve the problem of widespread violence and murders. America has good, strong gun laws. What the executive branch should do is enforce these gun laws. They also need to bring opportunity and jobs to inner cities so people can support themselves without resorting to violence. If you are a logical person you can see that the higher GDP a country has the lower the violence rate. Thus Obama and Romney needs to focus sorely on economic progress.

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      1. Bilguun B.

        Bilguun Batdorj
        Ms. Keeble
        AP English
        28 Oct 2012

        I agree with Mitt Romney’s point of view but also the article’s views. The article seems to be a bit too biased. I believe Mitt Romney is trying to say that individuals should think more critically about their partners and find out if the person they love is the right one. Concurrently, a lot of women with children become single not because they deserve it but it happened because of accident. Maybe their husband cheated on them or got in a car accident.

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  35. Hannah R.

    Hannah Reddy
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Period 2
    17 October 2012
    I can honestly say that this article and the argument it is making against Governor Romney is not surprising. I agree one hundred percent with the claim they are making, and I one hundred percent disagree with what Romney says about single-moms and gun violence. I feel like he seriously is pulling whatever he says out from behind him; just because someone has only one parent taking care of them absolutely does not mean that it is linked up to gun violence. Personally, I have a single mother, so is Romney saying that I may go around shooting people? I personally feel that that statement he made was just full of ignorance. I did not get a chance to watch the debate, but from this article it sounds as if Romney is wholly blaming the single parents, because the environment you live in, the role models you posses, your peers, and your mental state has absolutely significance when it comes to gun violence! I can promise you that I will not use gun violence in anyway, and I have a single mom, so what does that say about Governor Romney’s claim? I hope people caught Romney’s mistakes like this article did.

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  36. Merritt W.

    Merritt Walker
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 2
    17 October 2012

    I think the article was biased towards President Obama. I think this article had a good argument against Mitt Romney. This article showed me that Mitt Romney isn’t a good candidate for the presidency. The author gave a really good analysis by showing different examples on how Mitt Romney messed up, and how he didn’t really know what he was talking about. The author did prove his assertion. The author’s point was to show that Mitt Romney isn’t a good candidate for the position, and he proved his point. If I was an uninformed voter I wouldn’t want to vote for him because of the comments he made. He was blaming single moms for violence, and that’s not necessarily true. Sure some violent people might have come from a single family, but there are still violent people out there that came from two parent families. It doesn’t matter if it’s one parent or two; the outcome can still be the same.

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  37. David D.

    David D.
    Ms. Keeble
    Period 2
    AP English
    17 October 2012
    The point of this article was to address the problem about gun violence, and to show what Romney had to say about it. Apparently Romney didn’t have much to say; since in the article it says he was makes up false claims, dissemble, and utter comments towards woman, especially single moms saying it was there fault. This is not a legitimate analysis because Romney doesn’t state true facts about everything; in addition Romney doesn’t have a valid point because some of what he said wasn’t true. They have not proved there assertions because they have provided no evidence. I believe that Romney should have never linked gun violence to single moms because that only got people angry.

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  38. Brittany-Ann V. Dela Cruz

    Brittany-Ann
    Keeble
    AP English 1
    19 Oct. 2012

    In the article, Romney blatantly blamed single mothers for the abundant amount of mass shootings. It rocked my boat when Romney tried to attack single mothers on the issue. It disrespected each parent who is working their hardest to maintain and provide a healthy home. It made a family without a mother or a father less noble or accounted for. It showed that Romney is clueless on the American struggles that many people are in today, and only see a household with two parents. The analysis in which Romney points the finger at single mothers is not legitimate. Single mothers do not have the control over those who want to fire guns in public. Single mothers are not even related to mass shootings. The article has no valid point that justifies the reason why single mothers are a problem. If he really wanted to stop this crime, he would diminish assault weapons and not diminish single mothers.

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  39. Alexia G.

    In a way I find this article funny, yet interesting. I don’t think Romney pointed his finger directly at single moms, but at parents in general. From what I understand, he thinks the first step to lower gun violence starts in the home. I partially agree of this, but there are many other factors that play a big part in the situation. Other examples are drugs and gangs. Yes, those also connect back to parenting; but there is a certain extent where parents have complete control over their kids and what they’re doing. The analysis seems legit because the facts are backed up are through evidntial videos of the debate. Mark Follman, the author of the essay, also connected this article to other articles on the “Mother Jones” site. If you really think about it, single mothers are not justifications as to why gun violence is at a high rate. Maybe Romney should reconsider the controversy.

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  40. Dartise Jones

    I think the article about Romney was brilliant, because it basically stated how Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He brought up things completely irrelevant to the argument. The argument about Romney that he doesn’t state facts, and he’s bias towards certain groups such as women. The legitimate analysis was correct you can find examples in all of his debates. Some points are valid, but some them were unnecessary. I think he was right in a way but the way he worded it singled out “single moms”; this made the article very offensive.

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  41. Caleb M.

    Caleb Matthews
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, Period 2
    10/17/12

    I found the article to be informative on the recent Obama-Romney debate, and I liked how the writer gave solid facts to help the narrative of the article. The argument against Romney was legitimate and it made him seem ignorant to topics such as gun control. I think the writer reached his/her point, in the efforts of informing voters on Romney’s recent blunders. Also, I think that linking gun violence to single moms was probably one of the biggest mistakes that Romney has made in his campaign. The fact that he didn’t give any evidence to support the statement was ridiculous, and was very insensitive to single moms everywhere. In conclusion, I enjoyed the article and how it gave readers a better view on Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate.

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  42. Zoey Madsen

    Zoey M.
    AP English 11
    period 5
    17 September 2012

    The analysis presents a very opinionated and statistically altered point of view. I agree with most of it’s assertions and opinions directly. Romney shouldn’t have labeled the cause of gun violence directly to single moms. That’s an unfair judgement, and it’s not logical. Single moms may have difficulties being on their own, but that doesn’t mean that being on their own reflects their child’s future. Also, I think it was very irresponsible for Romney to reveal that idea. If you’re trying to win an election, why would you make a drastic claim that may insult an entire gender of voters? His strategy wasn’t very clear, nor was it even relevant at that point in his argument. There are many reasons for gun violence, in other areas more than others, but the cause and influence of gun violence can vary upon circumstances. It shouldn’t have been directly pointed towards single moms. That’s completely unfair.

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  43. Dennise

    Dennise
    Period 2
    AP English
    His connection with gun violence and single moms was a bit strange; it was hard to understand the connection he was doing when I first read it. After reading the article a second time I understood part of what he was trying to say and I realized that there is some single mothers that do go through a poverty cycle but then again he did not propose anything to make the life of these single moms a bit better. Romney also mentioned that moms and dads should tell their children to get married which in some cases marrige is not their priority. We have to take into consideration that there is some gay children out there, so does that mean that gays can get married?, because he wants all children to get married. I think Romney should think about the things he has said in previous debates before atacking Obama with answers that can controdict what he has said in previous debates.

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  44. Tanzeel H.

    Tanzeel Hak
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    17 August 2012

    I liked Obama’s approach way more than Romney’s. I feel that Romney’s connection between gun violence and single moms did not make sense. It is hard to believe that if a mom is single and has a child they will be more likely to be living in poverty. Another thing is, if a child has both parents raising them does it really lower the chances of them becoming poor and walking around shooting people. I don’t really understand his way of thinking, I bet I could find a ton of people that would prove his statement wrong.

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  45. Ross H.

    Ross H
    Keeble
    Apeng
    October,17 2012

    I think that the article has some valid points in it. When it points out that Romney was wrong and how he was not always for guns, I thought that was very intriguing. I think that it was a legitimate analysis. Mark Follman was showing in his article that Romney thinks that single mothers led to violence in their kids. I think that he did prove what he said with the quote and the videos he included in his article. I think that Romney is dumb to think that. He is making a hasty generalization about kid with single mothers. In his writing he also proves that Romney was not always about this. In his home state he does not want people to have fire arms and even had a law about it. i really don’t get why it would matter if they were a single mother or not anyone can get a gun. He must be uniformed about that fact. He is uniformed and look up something before he talks out of his ass.

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  46. Alicia

    Alicia O.
    AP English
    17 October 2012

    While reading the article I noticed that everything that is being said about Romney is true. In the article they are arguing the comment Romney made about single moms and the many false comments he has mentioned in the debates. I think that this article is being able to analize everything that Romeny said while using eveidence to back up their argument. I think they do have a valid point because Romney pointing out the single mothers is not something right to do because it only shows that he does not know what else to say. It is totally irrelevant of Romney linking these two topics into one just like argued by the article because they have no direct connection. In my opinion the article was able to prove their assertion because of the many evidence it was able to provide us with. Romney linking gun violence with single moms makes no sense in my head. This just shows that he had nothing else to say to this question so he just said whatever. This linking made him look bad in my opinion showing that he is not prepared to answer a question without going off topic.

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  47. Efrain E

    Efrain E.
    AP English 11
    October 17, 2012
    Period 4

    I think the author did well to support his assertions and proved his point with legitimate evidence. The author attacked Romney’s credibility by pointing out the lies and incorrect statements that the presidential candidate made during the debate. He used quotes from the debate and even used a video in which Obama himself points out the flip-flopping that took place on Romney’s side of the debate. I think Romney made another grave error when he indirectly blamed gun violence on single moms. Many of the mass shootings during 2012 were caused by people who grew up in two-person homes. The shooting in Colorado was caused by an educated man, not an ignorant criminal from a single parent home.

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  48. Veronica

    Veronica V.
    Oct. 17, 2012
    Ms. Keeble
    Ap English, 1st period

    I do think this is a legitimate analysis about Mitt Romney because he states comments that show us he doesn’t really care about the different situations he’s supposed to address. I mean, by that comment he made about single mothers wasn’t the smartest thing he could have said since a lot of women are single parents and have to endure many struggles. The comment he made about them was wrong, rude and inappropriate because it shows he doesn’t take matters seriously nor doesn’t care about who’s feelings are getting hurt by his remarks. Gun violence seriously has nothing to do with single mothers which is why I was puzzled when he made a remark about them when he was supposed to address the problem with gun violence. It seems like he wasn’t getting any facts straight since he said it’s illegal in the U.S to have Automatic weapons when in fact, it’s not. Plus, his reference to the movie Fast & Furious was horrible when in fact, it’s a movie, not a series, so “the civilians” he says are being killed are not necessarily killed. In addition, some of the voters he offended are single mothers which will give them a reason not to vote for Romney.

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  49. Elisha Hussain

    Elisha Hussain
    AP English, Period: 5
    Mrs. Keeble
    October 17, 2012

    I think that the article went deeper into what Romney was implying. The analysis seemed legimtimate because in my opinion it wasn’t biased. Also, the article didn’t state many opinions that tried to make Romney seem like a terrible person. Although, the article did mentions that Romney’s response seemed a little “nutty.” The article used a lot of factual information about the assumption that was made by Romney. Such as the videos that they had below the essay to provide evidence for their claims. I strongly believe that they have a valid point, because Romney did make a very big mistake when he claimed that the reason for crime and violence is
    single parents. Yes, I believe that they proved their assertion because as I said before they provided a reason and evidence which are the two main things in order for person to prove an assertion to be correct. I think that Romeny linking gun violence to single moms is a very opinionated comment. I honestly believe that he is incorrect when he made this assumption, because he has no legitimate evidence for his inference.

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