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Potter 1 Jessica Potter Dr. Monteiro English 1301-318 13 July 2017 “Active Shooter”: A Rhetorical Analysis In the country with the most relaxed gun policies in the world, it’s no wonder the United States is looking at the highest rate of gun-related homicide among developed nations. Guns in America have posed a threat due to lax restrictions, according to the authors from the Houston Chronicle , Joe Holley and Evan Mintz, in the article “Active Shooter”. These lax restrictions only reinforce the occurrences of gun-related homicides. Holley and Mintz create a persuasive argument based on credible facts, and appeal to the audience effectively through the use of pathos. Holley and Mintz write about the consequences of lax gun laws, such as the ones in America. Laws that rely on vigilantes to be good Samaritans and know what to do in a shooter situation could lead to people getting hurt by the vigilante or the shooter, according to the authors. They also believe open carry to be more of a liability than an effective method of deterrence, specifically in the case of Nathan DeSai, a shooter who faced no opposition from vigilantes and was able to injure nine people before being shot by police. Holley and Mintz appeal directly to pathos for almost the entirety of the article. It’s because of this appeal to emotion that the argument seems so convincing. The authors create a sense of helpless ignorance through their metaphor of the proverbial frog. They compare
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