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Ryann Miller
September 9, 2013
Grand Canyon University: ENG105
Ms. Sandi Greene

Ryann Miller
September 6, 2013
Ms. Sandi Greene

Rhetorical Analysis- Gun Control- Rough Draft
Gun Control laws have been discussed more and more now due to more recent tragedies because of gun violence. James Q. Wilson, previous a professor of Pepperdine University, UCLA, and an author of many public policy books, wrote and editorial letter trying to convince his intended audience that if the government passes more gun control laws it will not decrease the gun violence in America as much as society wants to believe it will. The LA Times published this editorial in 2007 and it is still a good resource. Wilson begins his editorial with giving some information regarding the Virginia Tech Massacre and relates that to the fact that it does not teach people very much about gun control. This technique shows that this editorial is a formal editorial because he refers to actual events that are not very personal to him. This is an intellectual way to capture the audience. Wilson also uses logical appeal by using statistics like, “In 2000, the rate at which people were robbed or assaulted was higher in England, Scotland, Finland, Poland, Denmark, and Sweden than it as in the United States.” This form of logic shows that society doesn’t really think about how much safer America is compared to other countries. Another form of appeal Wilson uses is ethics. He uses ethical appeal by trying to state both sides of for or against gun control. At one point he states, “Let’s take a deep breath and think about what we know about gun control and gun violence.” This tells the audience he’s trying to maintain being biased and have everyone put their personal opinions aside and hear both sides of the situation. This technique would help draw a reader to this editorial because Wilson isn’t constantly bashing on one group or another. That technique will probably be the most...
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