Essay on Are Stricter Gun Control Laws The Answer?

977 Words Mar 4th, 2015 4 Pages
In light of the recent Sandy Hook and Chapel Hill shootings, the politically charged gun control debate has once again been brought to public attention. Change of some variety is paramount, as violent tragedies like these should not be accepted as the norm. However, both politicians and civilians dispute over the form that this solution should take. Are stricter gun control laws the answer? Jill LePore and Charles C. W. Cooke each answer this question in their articles, “Battleground America” and “Gun-Control Dishonesty”, respectively. LePore writes for The New Yorker, a well-known liberal magazine, and addresses an educated, liberal audience. Cooke, on the other hand, is a writer for the conservative National Review. Although both publishers are based out of New York, their claims and target audiences couldn’t be more different. Jill LePore’s article, which appeals to its liberal readers humanity, is more persuasive with her combined use of pathos and logos as rhetorical strategies, along with an impressive spread of exemplary evidence. Jill Lepore begins her article with an emotional account of Cleveland’s Chardon High School shooting, appealing to her reader’s humanity and effectively establishing pathos early on. LePore paints a vivid picture of the turmoil left in the wake of the tragic event, “That evening, St. Mary’s Church opened its doors, and the people of Chardon sank to their knees and keened.” Her effective use of language to garner an emotional…

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