Friday, March 25, 2011

Activity 3: Analysis of Letter by Preston Ngoui (18)

This letter is very persuasive and if I were the reader, I would vote for stricter laws on firearms. The writer has incorporated Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in his letter.
He has listed down evidences on why laws on firearms should be stricter. For example, he stated in the letter that approximately 60 percent of all murder victims in the United States in 1994 (about 16,000 people) were killed with firearms. There are many more of these evidences in the letter. This shows that the writer knows the topic well and is serious on having stricter firearm laws.
He also gave many examples on how firearms would affect the community. For example, he stated “Did you know that residents of homes where a gun is present are 5 times more likely to experience a suicide than residents of homes without?” This means that firearms are very lethal and people could just kill themselves with it. It would affect the family relationship.
Lastly, he has strong information to back up his claim. In the letter, he wrote “The reason that I have such an intense interest in this topic is that my son was killed by a gun (not my own) that belonged to a person who only wanted to protect his household, but it fell into the hands of a child by mistake.  Do you want to be responsible for supporting legislation that would make more such incidents occur?” This means that his son was killed by a gun by accident and the congressman should be held responsible for these deaths if they did not make stricter laws.
The writer wrote a very persuasive letter and I feel that the congressman woul vote for stricter firearms law.

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