Persuasive Speech : Stricter Gun Control

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Topic: Gun Control Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to support gun control and stricter gun ownership regulations. Central Idea: Gun control results in reduced gun violence, gun control laws have in some fashion always been in effect, and current gun control laws have been proven to be effective therefore more need to be implemented. Introduction I. The Attention Step A. We live in an culture that has a hyper awareness of our health and the seriousness of certain diseases such as cancer, yet many of us have no idea that roughly 150,000 people are wounded or die from gun shot related injuries each year in the United States according to Don Braman, author of Social Justice Research. 1. Gun violence is a health problem in America. Despite these alarming statistics, gun control and it’s ability to reduce gun related fatalities is never at the forefront in U.S public policy agenda. Pappalardo 1 B. In the past ten years, blitz media coverage and public attention to gun violence has been concentrated on intense, brief coverings of highly publicized mass shootings such as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary, Umpqua Community College, and most recently the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, NV. 1. According McGinty, Professor and Phd. at Johns Hopkins University, recent research by the University has shown that people who report having access to firearms are twice as likely to be a victim of homicide and three times more likely to commit
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