Anthony Swofford's Response To Gun Control

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The Response to Gun Control On February 14, 2018, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School walked into the school and opened fire on his classmates. In total, seventeen people were killed, and the shooter walked away. After this event, a new discussion arose: gun control. Anthony Swofford was involved in the military and was trained with many weapons. He says, “I went through hundreds of hours of firearms training” (Swofford). He knows how weapons work and he also believes that weapons do not belong in the classroom. He goes on to claim that arming teachers is not the way to solve the problem because “assailants in such cases aren’t typically worried about losing their lives in the process” (Swofford). Anthony Swofford’s article, “I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom” is a convincing read because of the rhetorical strategies he uses. First, he uses personal experience to show his knowledge of guns. Next, he uses deductive reasoning to show different outcomes of the different solutions to the school shooting problem in America. Third, his tone and ultimatums show his passion for gun control. Finally, his tone implies that not everyone can handle such a task. All of these various rhetorical strategies convince the reader that gun control laws need to be put in place and that schools should not have guns…show more content…
Instead, other solutions, like plans for teachers to lock down classrooms or allow windows to open fully to allow students to jump out of should be put in place to allow a safe environment for

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