For this assignment, you will apply the techniques of rhetorical analysis from Chapter 4 to the media violence essay from Chapter 2 that is most persuasive to you. (If you’ve changed your mind as we’ve worked on this unit, you can choose a different essay than the one you originally selected.) This time, you’ll be writing as yourself, with your imaginary critic as the audience. This essay is essentially an expansion of the elements in a rhetorical analysis paragraph into a fully-developed rhetorical analysis essay. Instead of a sentence or two on each element, you’ll have an entire paragraph to examine each element in more depth.
Take Aim at Guns by Patrick Macklin
A careful observer would have noted that there hardly has been any commentary on the cause of the horrible Virginia Tech shootings: guns. Why? It probably
is because many fear bringing on the wrath of the National Rifle Association
and gun owners throughout the world. The NRA will toss out its old cry about
our Constitution, a well-regulated militia and the right to bear arms.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives estimates that
there are more than 215 million guns in the hands of private citizens. That’s a
gun for almost every man, woman, and child in our country. The USA leads
the world in gun ownership.
Why should we be surprised about what happened at Virginia Tech? We
will continue to have horrible, tragic days like those at Columbine High School
and Virginia Tech until we wake up and rid ourselves of guns. One disturbed young man buys two guns and then kills 32 students and himself in his expression of his “right to bear arms.” When will we ever learn?
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