RWS 100 H.W.

Article 1:

  1. What seems to be the overall argument? –  That there is a drastic need for political reform regarding gun control in America in order to stop these horrific shootings that are putting our children at risk.
  2. What are some of Kristof’s main claims
    1. – There are more regulations on ladders than there are on guns, which is an astounding logical claim, as well as the fact that “children ages 5 to 14 in America are 13 times more likely to be murdered with guns as children in other countries”
  3. What kinds of claim does he present
    1. he presents a lot of logos and pathos, due to the fact that gun violence is such a controversial and emotionally charged topic where people have very strong opinions about the issue. using statistics and anticdotes to appeal to peoples emotions and convince them to join his side.
  4. List some of the main types of evidence presented (see reader 17 – 21) and discuss how persuasive they are.
    1. the majority of the evidence presented din this article is statistics and personal anticdotes, and the author uses these statistics and stories in order to show the reality of what the lack of gun control in America is doing to the citizens of the nation.
  5. Identify two strategies Kristof uses to persuade his audience
    1. using strategies such as logos, an presenting statistics to show the reader the extent to which mass shootings and lack of gun control in this country is effecting the citizens. The author also uses pathos, in order to appeal to the readers emotions and help strengthen his argument.
  6. What is your response to the text
    1.  I enjoyed the text, as it covered a topic that is very hotly disputed in this country today, and instead of just bashing gun owners and trying to abolish the second amendment, he suggests alternatives and increases in gun control In order to make our country a better and safer place.

Article 2:

  1. What seems to be the overall argument?
    1. that people (primarily liberals) seem to think that all gun owners are completely against any sort of gun regulations, but in reality he majority of gun owners are not opposed to having reasonable checks of their firearms
  2. What are some of Kristof’s main claims?
    1. that liberals antagonize gun owners to the extent that they end up over bearing the gun owners and nothing ends u getting done because the liberals are so antagonistic.
    2. he also argues that liberals using terms such as “gun control” instead of “gun safety” turns people away from the idea of reform.
  3. What kinds of claim does he present (see reader pages 15-16)
    1. he uses logical claims such as statistics in order to persuade the audience of his argument. the statistics used aid in his argument that not all gun owners are opposed to gun control, in fact the majority of gun owners are open to more gun safety.
  4. List some of the main types of evidence presented (see reader 17 – 21) and discuss how persuasive they are.
    1. Kristof uses factual evidence and statistics to strengthen his argument and refute stereotypes that all gun owners are resistant to change regarding gun laws
  5. Identify two strategies Kristof uses to persuade his audience
    1. He uses logos in the statistic presented and ethos in the ethical anecdotes he presents in order to change the stereotype of the typical American gun owner and their state on gun reform.
  6. What is your response to the text (general thoughts or discussion of how effective you think it was).
    1. this article really opened my eyes to the fact that not all gun owners are opposed to gun safety, and its possible to continue the conversation in gun control without having stereotypes of either side getting in the way of having a civil conversation that will lead to a efficient result regarding gun control/safety in America.

RWS 100 First Blog Post

Hi, my name is Emily Richards, I am from Coronado California. I have a younger brother named Dean who is 13. I also have a two dogs named Nina and Brandy, who are sisters. I love skiing and going to the beach, and I love to travel. I have never made a blog to write before, but English is one of my favorite subjects, so I am excited to write more!