Rhetorical Analysis of Gabrielle Gifford's "A Senate in the Gun Lobby's Grip"
September 19, 2014
Congress is Shooting Blanks As the gun control issue began to heat up a timely find was made, a poem by Carl Sandburg. The first half of the poem reads, “Here is a revolver. It has an amazing language all its own. It delivers unmistakable ultimatums. It is the last word. A simple, little human forefinger can tell a terrible story with it. Hunger, fear, revenge, robbery hide behind it. It is the claw of the jungle made quick and powerful. It is the club of the savage turned to magnificent precision” (Doyle, 2013). This is an incredibly powerful poem that encompasses the terrifying power of a gun. Those who wield it hide behind and rely on its power as they commit horrible …show more content…
The final and least present rhetorical element is logos. The author chose to focus on her own credibility and the emotional response of the audience on this very touchy subject. Rather than drown the reader in statistics and numbers, Giffords chose to hone in on the audience’s emotions and feelings in order to create a reaction, and ultimately a response. That being said, she did include some numerical values. When talking about the influence of interest groups in the political process she