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Gun Control

Gun control policies are laws that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms. These laws or policies vary widely around the world. Some countries such as United Kingdom, have very strict limits on gun possession while others like the United States, have laws that vary significantly within their states. However due to recent events the government is trying to pass and enforce new gun laws that would make certain types of weapons illegal as well as the amount of rounds a clip can hold. Some U.S citizens are for gun control and some are against gun control. This paper will discuss two different genres which might approve or disapprove of gun control. A video of Piers Morgan, a British journalist who hosted Piers Morgan Live on CNN; is trying to convince the audience to fight for gun control laws while filming his last show on CNN. The second genre is an image that best describes what most people who aren’t for gun control feel about gun control. The poster shows a group of people who seem to be sad, and praying. The Image also has a very powerful message in its caption. It repeats the words “unarmed” and “helpless”. It seems as if the editor of the image is trying to prove a point or relay a subliminal message to its audience. Audience and Purpose

After carefully analyzing this video I came to a conclusion to believe that the targeted audience for Pierce Morgan’s video isn’t just American Citizen’s but American residents just like himself. I believe this to be true because there isn’t just American citizens in the United States, we also have a numerous amount of residents that live here that are from foreign countries. The purpose of this video is to persuade the intended audience that having gun control is the right thing. While analyzing the image I would agree that the intended audience for it would be the family members of the victims who were involved in the shootings described in the caption, as well as all other U.S citizens. I feel that the purpose of the image is to both inform and persuade its intended audience. The reason it’s informing is because the caption in the image provides facts about the victims whose lives were lost in the tragedies mentioned. On the other hand because it’s so informative I feel that it somehow makes the image somewhat persuasive as well. I feel that it persuades you to fight against gun control because the innocent people who died didn’t have guns on them. And if something like that happens around you, you don’t want to end up being “unarmed” and “helpless”.


Morgan uses Ethos by quoting Josh Sugarmann, the Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center who once said, "We recoil in horror and search for explanations, but we never face up to the obvious preventive measure: a ban on the handy killing machines that make crimes so easy”. However Morgan isn’t an expert in gun violence, nor gun laws. Therefore this weakens his ethos. The image lacks a sense of Ethos. The caption provided under the image is the only source of Ethos in the entire image. This genre would have better Ethos if it went more in depth in statistics.

In the video I analyzed of Piers Morgan I certainly noticed a few different ways in which he appealed to pathos. One way in which he used pathos was by using pictures. Morgan used two pictures in his video. One was a picture of the Movie theatre in which the shooting occurred. In this picture you can see a few officers guarding the theatre behind yellow caution tape. The second picture shows a few teachers escorting a handful of children away from their Elementary school and into safety. This picture seems to carry a lot of emotion in it because you can actually see the fear in the kids’ faces. Morgan knew that bringing this example up would really hit home to a lot of people in America. The reason for that is because a lot of people are parents and couldn’t imagine what it’d...
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