Gun Rights vs Gun Control Essay

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The continuing Mass Shootings in the United States has caused the gun control debate to intensify. While anti-gun control advocates say the Second Amendment guarantees each individual the right to bear arms, the pro-gun control group reads the Second Amendment as a collective right to bear arms; meaning organized militia are the only ones with that right. This essay will analyse the effectiveness of several different articles which present arguments for and against gun control.

Charles W. Collier’s article, “Gun Control in America: An Autopsy Report”, dives into the controversial topic of gun ownership and gun control in the United States. He uses recent shootings, including the George Zimmerman case and the Connecticut elementary
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As seen in his article, Collier describes Trayvon Martin as an “unarmed black teenager” and George Zimmerman as the “nervous neighborhood vilgilante” (Collier 81). By describing them as such, he is effective in making the reader sympathize with the victim; Trayvon Martin in this example. Collier further uses pathos in his article by telling a true story of the effects for using a gun for self defense.

In this story, Collier puts the reader into the story to add a personal feel to it. He tells the reader to imagine picking up the phone with the neighbor describing a masked man carrying something shiny around the neighborhood. Naturally, the person hangs up the phone and goes to investigate while carrying a gun. When the reader finds the masked man, he walks towards the main character. Little to the main character’s knowledge, the masked man is his or her teenage son. Since the son doesn’t think about how the parent sees him in their perspective, he innocently continues walking as he always had. The parent shoots and kills her or her son because of his or her instinct to blindly shoot. (Collier 82)

Collier uses this story to bring the issue of misuse of guns to the reader. By writing a tragic story, he tries to get the reader connected to the article on an emotional level. By using pathos in the article, the reader feels a more personal attachment to the issue he is writing about. Collier also…