Burns' bill would give court clerks 30 days to alert the Department of Public Safety and Corrections when a Louisiana resident is deemed mentally ill through judicial proceedings, such as when someone is acquitted by reason of insanity or when a person is determined to lack the mental capacity to proceed with a criminal trial. The bill would then require this information to be forwarded within the next 30 days to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS (McGaughy 1).
The style of incorporating the factual information gives the reader knowledge about the bill so the reader knows the context of the interview, which is included later in the article. The reader knows that gun control has been a major topic recently because of many tragic shootings taking place both nationally and locally. Several states have been pushing to enact laws in response to the general public’s outrage after these awful events. McGaughy includes cacophony within the article through her usage of the words “stauch,” “frightened,” and “unlawful” (McGaughy 1). By utilizing these harsh sounding words, she conveys to the reader a frightened tone; this frightened tone is a persuasive technique used by McGaughy to sway the reader in favor of the passing of the bill. Furthermore, in her attempts to alarm the reader of the dangers of lax gun restrictions, McGaughy incorporates words with negative connotations such as “ill,” “insanity,” and “shootings” (McGaughy 1).
McGaughy also utilizes a sympathetic tone and the literary device of imagery by mentioning the recent shootings in the statement “thus preventing incidents similar to the high-profile shootings of recent months” (McGaughy 1). Due to McGaughy’s strategically placed imagery, the reader sympathizes with the victims and begins to side in favor of the bill.
McGaughy presents the reader with countless reasons supporting her position on the issue of gun control; however, she fails to present the reader with the opposite side of the argument, which subsequently persuades the reader to side in favor of the bill. In the second paragraph, she incorporates yet another literary device: rhetorical mode. McGauchy quotes Representative Henry Burns, a proponent of the second amendment claiming, "There has been a breakdown in the communications and the conveyance of mental illness information to the appropriate authorities in place that would be involved with concealed weapons permits and also weapons purchase"(McGaughy 1). This type of rhetorical mode is one of description