"Battleground America," written by Jill Lepore, provides a strong history of guns and the way they have changed in the eyes of the American through the years. She proves her point with strong evidence throughout her article, sprinkling it with opinion and argument that is strongly supported. She presents her argument to convince her audience that the open availability of guns allows citizens to undeservingly purchase them by displaying the credibility in her sources, using negative connotations in her speech, and the strength and objectivity only a strong logos appeal can provide.
James Q. Wilson a former teacher at Harvard University understands that taking guns away from the common people will only reduce the chance of surviving a possible attack of any sort of intruder.”Those that they cannot buy,
The controversy over assault rifles is one of the most problematic issues related to the contributions of gangs, drug traffickers, and most criminal activity. More often than not, criminals have access to the weapons of their choice more easily than it should be. Getting them from licensed dealers, black markets, and family members’ homes, the availability of these militia weapons has become to effortless to obtain. The rise of criminal activity is part of the reason more than one-third of high school students have easy access to a weapon or gun. “Four out of five guns brought to school are actually brought from their own homes” (Page par 2). This is one of the biggest problems when faced with where criminals get their
The author of “Confessions of a Liberal Gun Owner” is both anti-gun and pro-gun. He argues that it is too easy for someone to obtain a gun and that there should be tighter regulations on gun ownership. But at the same time, he also believes that owning guns can be useful especially when they are needed to protect yourself or your family.
Guns are one of the most controversial and debated-upon topics in America today. In the Constitution, Americans are given “the right to bear arms,” and many Americans are proud of and believe strongly in that right. Though, that right has been constantly misused. Homicides by gun are at a higher rate in the United States than any other country in the world, mass shootings are at an all time high (many of which have occurred in the past two years alone), and terrorism has been at an all-time high. So, naturally, it is a topic that needs to be discussed. In the articles Change Your Gun Laws, America (1), author Fareed Zakaria provides the readers with some harrowing statistics on guns and insight over how the U.S. laws on guns need to be managed.
Franken was also able to downplay the usefulness of a firearm by including a series of sarcastic tips for tragedy in a home. For example, “1. Keep the gun loaded… 2. Put the gun in an unlocked drawer... 3. Rest assured.”1 Where Franken’s article comes up short is the use of hypothetical numbers to exaggerate and intensify the deadliness of guns. His sarcasm adds diversity to his piece, but should be used sparingly. Franken’s conclusion causes his argument to lose its effectiveness, after building his case it just seems ridiculous and out of place.
However, as the documentary starts, Moore is open and honest with his viewers. He mentions throughout his movie that he grew up with guns in Flint, Michigan which would be considered “a gun lover’s paradise.” By providing background information on his life it makes him credible, he has a liberal view on guns, and this adds to his argument and trustworthiness. Moore is a person who understands what it’s like to have a passion for guns, but also looks to other side and can acknowledge how much devastation its causing. The audience feels heard by him; both liberals and conservatives because of his knowledge on the topic and his ability to understand the epidemic of fear turning into
In the United States of America the right to bear arms gave birth to a phenomenon called the “gun culture,” the term coined in 1970 by a historian Richard Hofstadter, which describes America’s heritage and affection for weapons(1). Not only did gun culture become an inseparable part of American democracy, but also it is considered to be synonymous with independence and freedom, the most important values for American society. Even though the crime rate and murder rate in the U.S. is higher than in any other developed country, U.S. citizens oppose every attempt made to pass gun control legislation(2). However, it may sound like a paradox, but the crime level in the most liberal states, when it comes to gun ownership, is the lowest in the
Many of the area were stunned into silence but those who spoke out were the family who found it absolutely appalling for someone to have a gun at arms length at such a young age. These stories helped Moore to make his argument more effective because people who thought there was no harm in the possession of guns would rethink their conclusions due to the fact that many have been harmed if not killed by ages varying from 6-76!
Throughout the film Michael Moore throws many cold facts on the screen that makes it obvious that the strong nation of America is unruly. One of the facts that stand out the most is the number of deaths caused by guns in America per year. In comparison to the other countries, America has an outstanding of 11,127 gun related deaths a year. This is ten times
The public reactions, however, reached out to more than just Colorado. Because of what happened within this space, the social issue of gun control has also been reignited and brought back to the country’s attention. The change in this space has now rippled into a social space that everyone must deal with. It has uncovered questions regarding if the country has enough gun control. Some believe “gun control can reduce [the] numbers of incidents" (Martinez). Though one person in The Century 16 movie theater misused the rights of carrying a weapon, society has now applied it to how everyone uses weapons in general. Based on the act of what happened in this space, society believes that gun control over
In the documentary Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore, talks about the root cause of gun violence in the United States of America. The documentary shows how more than 11, 127 people die every year from guns whereas 381 in Germany, 255 in France, 165 in Canada, 68 in the United Kingdom, 65 in Australia, and 39 in Japan. Many say that violent movies, video games, and violent rock artists such as Marilyn Manson contribute to gun violence in America but violent movies are seen in France, violent video games are from Japan, and Marilyn Manson is heard in Germany. Also, guns in America are easy to obtain as in the documentary Moore got a free gun as he signed up for an account and only required to get a background check. However, fear is the root cause of America gun violence as people fear getting killed it leads to others getting killed. For example, in the documentary Moore shows that the media promotes fear in the American news program as they only focus on negative news such as violence and death such as in the news they state, “Tonight in South Central, a drive-by shooting”. It makes people fear certain places such as going to South Central as they portray it to be a dangerous place to go to as the news shows all the negative things that happen there such as crimes which make people fear to go there. Where in Canada news are positive and focus on what is going around town.
The film opens to a man with a gun in his mouth. We learn that he is the narrator, who remains nameless throughout the film but is referred to as Jack. Jack is the co-creator of Fight Club. He works in the automobile industry, which he greatly dislikes. As a way to deal with the pain and insomnia, he is suffering from he joins a group meeting for those with terminal illness even though he was not ill. Jack goes to these meetings to see those less fortunate than him because it makes him feel as though his life is not that bad. He meets a woman there named Marla Singer, who is also faking an illness. Jack becomes mad at her for faking her illness. She made him realize that he is hiding his underlying problems from the group instead of getting better, which causes him to resent her and his insomnia to return. When the Jack was on a plane for business, he meets Tyler Durden, another key character throughout the film. Jack 's apartment and all of his belongs mysteriously blow up after this, and he is forced to move in with Tyler in an unfavorable neighborhood. Tyler tells Jack that he can live with him if he punches him as hard as he can, Jack does and finds it surprisingly therapeutic. Tyler then becomes the other co-creator of Fight Club. Tyler and Jack were able to create a club of working class men who were trying to break the constraints set on them by society.
Also I cant beliveve how easy it is to purchase a gun. I personally have never tried to buy a gun primarly because I have no reason for it but if it is really as easy as it is in the Bowling for Colombine video then I can see why so many children die from gun violence. To just open up a checking account and receive a free gun is outrageous. The bank does do a background check but whos to say they wont leave and then sell the gun to someone else. Also, guns can so