Ms. Sands 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 Peppering 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 such 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 glacial 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 effective in his editorial because he’s writing it in such a way where people can actually feel like they’re apart of the discussion rather than being lectured.
Based on the editorial, I assumed the intended audience to e people who are either uninformed about the current standings of our countries gun violence rate and/or people who maybe have never owned a gun and assume all guns are bad. Another possible audience could be people who, believe that If more gun control laws are passed there will be less violence and America will be a lot safer. To conclude, I found his strengths In this editorial were his valuables to present logical and ethical Information In a way that could make the audience see both sides of the situation.
Some of Wilson weaknesses are that he didn’t make his more gun control laws or not. I had to assumed from the fact he mostly mentions America has less gun violence than other countries. In all, the editorial was well written but not very effective argument wise. If I was for more gun control laws I would not have been convinced enough Just from this editorial. References Wilson, J. Q. (2007, April 20). Gun control isn’t the answer – lattices. Com. Retrieved September 6, 2013, from http://www. Lattices. Com/la-owe-Hollingsworth,O,1486198. Story