Essay on President Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford

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On April 8, 2013, President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Hartford on behalf of those who died in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. President Obama addressed the people of the state of Connecticut and on a federal level. The broadcasting networks provided live coverage of President Obama’s speech, and a national audience listened as the president’s addressing the issues and the next steps forward for the country. The impact of this tragedy and previous massive shootings and Obama’s explanation have been a subject of a controversial debate. I plan on using the pentadic method to analyze President Obama’s speech regarding Sandy Hook and gun control. What we can learn about the method by …show more content…
It is interesting to see and reveal the misconceptions of President Obama’s motive to the speech for more gun control and how politicians and individuals are stressing an emotional and safety concern. Within this political environment, and with a charismatic and persuasive use of the pentads, the rhetor’s motive was to implement legislation regarding gun control. Barack Obama as the rhetor, directed towards American people to pressure congress to pass new gun legislation in Connecticut, where the massacre took place. After the December 16, 2012 shooting at Newtown Connecticut, there has been a controversial debate among gun control. The National Rifle Association had fiercely lobbied congress to oppose any gun regulations. In this artifact, Obama spoke on behalf of the murders of twenty children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. During his speech, President Obama was hoping to build support among lawmakers for several gun control measures, such as universal background checks. The president has the parents’ support to lobby for gun legislation. In addition, Obama’s proposal to ban assault rifles and limiting high-ammunition guns; majority of Republicans oppose this proposal. The research method I have demonstrated in this paper is called Pentadic Criticism derived from Kenneth Burke whom made…