Battleground America

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Battleground America
Jill Lepore
New Yorker, 4/23/2012, Vol. 88, Issue 10

Jill Lepore’s Battleground America addresses in precise detail gun violence in The Unites States of America. The author uses actual occurrences as well as referrals to documents of the United States Constitution and Articles of Confederation. Lepore uses organization, expression and contrasting to address her concern for gun violence in America. Statistics, contrast and comparison are techniques Lepore skillfully uses to create an essay that will strike the readers attention while also making them aware of gun violence occurrences in the United States.

Lepore begins the reading by giving numerous briefings on fatal shootings occurring in the U.S.. The author reeled in the audience with major facts for these cases. Lepore does not make it clear on what standpoint from which her views are created; which is a good strategy so the reader can receive the facts before getting a complete understanding of the problem.

Lepore also used statistics to show some type of background to these cases. The author only addresses gun violence cases in the U.S. which she states “The United States is the country with the highest civilian gun ownership in the world”. By using facts the author makes it easier for the reader to understand opposed to using personal thoughts or experiences. Using facts that is only based on the United States also makes the reader more comfortable and understanding on a personal level. While exploring the text you can clearly tell that the author is all for citizen rights and excising them. This is why she refers to the U.S. Constitution, Articles of confederation, The American Firearms School and The U.S. gun safety regulations. This lets you know that the author is not only concerned about the issue at hand, but also the regulation of the issue. The author does a very good job at expressing a concern for gun violence in an un-biased manner. The author...
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