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A thesis statement helps you to focus your topic; tells your readers what you are focusing on. Here are some examples.
- Controversial issue: "Guns are dangerous weapons and should be controlled"; "Our Second Amendment right to bear arms is being eroded by unnecessary gun control laws."
- Exploring an issue: "What are the facts behind each side of the gun control controversy?" You may develop strong views after doing your research. You can always change your thesis statement at any point during the research process.
Check with your professor to see what s/he expects regarding a thesis statement.