In the United States there have been a total of 289 mass shootings included in that statistic are the 18-school related shooting in 2018 alone. Gun violence has become a highly publicized political issue in America. From the tragedies in Sandy Hook, Parkland, Las Vegas and many more sparked how public the debate for gun control is today. The gun debate is a continuous battle between two sides: Republicans constitution in that we as Americans have the right to bear arms, but the democrats push for more gun control policies.
Emma González, a Parkland survivor and activist, shares why young Americans are speaking up about gun control, while Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, argues there is a lot of ambiguous information regarding gun safety measures. Both González and Feinstein are able to deliver their cases effectively making a connection to their audience.As a survivor of the Parkland shooting, Emma González along with her classmates have become gun-control activists.
She voices her credibility and creates an emotional appeal by sharing her and her fellow classmates’ traumatic experience on February 14th. Since there was a lack in concern by government officials, the Parkland students decided to be the voice of change instead of waiting for change to happen. Through March for Our Lives, and the #NeverAgain movement, González has continuously voiced a push for universal background checks, the electronic hold of gun-sales records, ban high-capacity magazines, and a ban on assault weapons. She takes aims at the irrational suggestion in which arming teachers would increase school safety.
It is her means of voicing her opinion and objective that displays her strength and determination. Dianne Feinstein grasps the public’s attention by stating that the safety of the youth, communities, schools and business is the core issue being overlooked. She targets the talking points of Republicans. As González had stated above, Feinstein also shares the same objective. Feinstein uses statistics to address false points made by Republicans. She makes a point to include her preference on the matter, which appeals to the young activists and other officials. Feinstein uses her credibility as well to deliver a current standing on what is being worked on to try and fix the violence.
Emma González and Dianne Feinstein both through their ability to reach their audience on an emotional and logical level, deliver effective arguments. Their tactics throughout their articles, more so González’, draw parallels to the Women’s Movement. González makes a point in her story that states, “We the Wounded of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Future, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common People, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Generations to Come, do ordain and establish this March for the United States of America” (González). Back in the late 1960s a group of women, the Radical Sisterhood, wanted to dismantle the traditional system of society where the male was the head.
One woman stated, “We did lay down a trail as much as anybody can in shifting society and a very violent time…But don’t envy us for having done it, do your own version of it” (Press). The actions were taken by González in the modern-day and the women from fifty years ago are targeting different causes, but both are creating a foundation for the next potential activists to keep fighting for what has yet to be resolved. They all voice the issue, what has and/ or has not been done to fix it and address the people. These things all are what created a cohesive objective.
From González’ strategic way with words to push for gun control, and Feinstein’s credibility allowed her to reach an audience of her fellow associates as well as gun control activists like González to initiate the need for new bills to be passed both women share a concern for our nation moving forward. Gun violence in America is an issue. It has taken too many lives and has effective too many individuals, families, and communities. The time for change is now with new movements arising to fight and voice their opinions, “this is only the beginning” (González).