Is Gun Possession Is A Controversial Subject? Essay

1244 Words Nov 1st, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States of America women are more likely to become victims of sexual violence. The National Institute of Justice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1998 study found that “18 percent of surveyed women…experienced a completed or attempted rape at some time in their life” (Tjaden and Thoennes 3). Consequently, with statistics like these and personal experience Linda Hasselstrom tackles the controversial subject of gun carrying by women. She uses her article “A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun” to argue her take on the subject. Hasselstrom appeals to an audience who might not understand her decision for carrying a gun and might find the subject controversial. With a narrative and descriptive style, she aims to provide a level of understanding to her readers; balancing her contention with logical, ethical, and emotional appeals.
Linda Hasselstrom establishes a logical basis for her stance to carrying a gun for protection by admitting immediately to opposing viewpoints that “handgun possession is a controversial subject” (1) for some of her readers. This acknowledgement is important to forming integrity with those who may, at first glance, want to discredit her stance. Though Hasselstrom does not list a bunch of statistics in her narrative, the logos appeal is inherently evident in her actions. Backing-up her reasoning for carrying the firearm is the fact that guns were not the first defense for this “peaceful woman.” Her personal experiences…

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