Gun Control Argument

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Guns - the hunter’s tool, or the psychopath’s killing machine; both of which could be bought from a store (with a license, of course). The easy accessibility of guns can be a blessing or a curse. The right to own and weild a gun is given in our own constitution, and is deeply rooted in American culture. Whether or not we should prohibit guns is a highly debated topic in our political system, yet it seems as though mass shootings occur on a monthly basis. Fortunately, there are multiple articles that explain both sides to the argument, so the average citizen can read and form personal opinions and push for change. Advocating writers of both perspectives utilize rhetorical strategies to form persuasive arguments. By digging deeper and analyzing each argument, it is possible to decide …show more content…
In the interview, James expresses his thoughts on the misconceptions about whether or not gun control will have any positive effects. He states, “For one, we need to remember that we’ve have had a remarkable decrease in violent crime and gun crime in the U.S. since the early 1990s, even though the number of firearms has increased by about 10 million every year (Davidson, “A Criminologist’s Case Against Gun Control”). James points out that the increase in the amount of guns has no correlation with violent gun crimes in the U.S. In fact, the amount of crime has decreased, therefore, the common misconception that more guns will lead to more crime is discredited. The contradiction between the two events is an effective strategy in the argument against control and reveals James’ ability to use Logos. The use of statistics and comparison allows the reader to make the logical conclusion that prohibiting guns will not affect the amount of gun