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 school shooting, to present his case that gun violence will remain in the United States as long as guns remain high in number and low in regulation. Collier states that if Americans did not intend the consequences of holding an army with almost unlimited access to firearms, they would start demanding laws to control the gun violence:
But changes of this magnitude are hardly to be expected—not in a land where a one-gun-per-month purchase limit counts as bold—even “pioneering”—legislation. (The debate over assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, after all, is not about whether people will be killed; it is about how many will be killed, and how quickly). (81)
Collier writes his article in a pessimistic view of the future of gun regulation. He uses logos in the quote above by using deductive reasoning. Collier writes about the generalization that any gun legislation should be unexpected because the specific case of the one-gun-per-month purchase limit. Collier uses pathos heavily throughout the article by reminding the reader about the many tragic shootings that have happened recently. Collier tries to get the reader to sympathize with the victims of the shootings. 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...