Title: Control Guns, Control Deaths
General Purpose: To persuade.
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that we need stricter enforcement of current gun laws, as well as new, stricter, gun control laws. Central Idea: Gun Control is a hotly debated issue within the United States, and today I want you to know that the number of deaths due to firearms is an alarming problem, which can be brought under control if we strictly enforce existing gun laws as well as introduce new laws since more deaths will occur as more firearms enter the marketplace; therefore we need to act now.
(ATTENTION) Every 21 seconds, a violent crime is committed in the United States, and one out of every three of these violent crimes involves the use of a gun (FBI 1). Worldwide, the number of deaths caused by guns is 60 million, which means one person is killed by a gun every minute of every day. By the time I finish speaking with you today, fifteen people will be dead, their lives snuffed out, by a gun. As I am sure you know, gun control is a contentious issue, with both sides vehemently believing that their side is correct. I am sure, like me, you have heard the saying, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people, yet a close inspection of the statistics surrounding violent crimes and homicides, not to mention accidental shootings, make it inarguable that guns in the hands of people do indeed kill people. I am interested in Gun Control and have done research on the topic so that I can share what I believe is vitally important information with you today. Gun Control is a hotly debated issue within the United States, and today I want you to know that the number of deaths due to firearms is an alarming problem, which can be brought under control if we strictly enforce existing gun laws as well as introduce new laws since more deaths will occur as more firearms enter the marketplace; therefore we need to act now. Let's begin by looking at the problem of deaths from guns.
(NEED) The number of deaths due to firearms is an alarming problem in the United States.
Although it is true that some murders, as well as other violent acts, are committed without the aid of a gun, about two thirds of such crimes and murders within the United States do indeed involve a gun.
In fact, according to the FBI, in 2004, there were an estimated 16,137 murders committed in the United States, and out of those 16,000 murders, a gun was used 70.3 percent were committed with firearms.
Of course, murders aren’t the only crimes committed that involve guns; there are many other types of crimes for which criminals use guns. a. Again according to the FBI, there were 1,367,009 violent crimes committed in the United States in 2004, the most recent statistics available. Violent crimes include crimes such as aggravated assault, robbery, forcible rape, and murder. b. Close inspection of the violent crimes that occurred in 2004 show that in roughly one quarter of the crimes, 26.4 percent of the time in fact, firearms were used in the commission of the crime (FBI). c. I think it is important to also consider the fact that injuries which occur during a violent crime are 5-7 time more likely to result in death than when guns aren’t used, which once again proves that although the strict control of guns won’t eliminate all violent crimes and murders, but it does indeed increase the likelihood that the crimes don’t end in a death (Stell 38).
While it may be true that guns are not involved in every murder and every violent crime, the fact remains that nearly three-quarters of the time a murder is committed a firearm is used, and in one quarter of the cases of other violent crimes, a firearm was used.
(Transition: Now that we have looked at the problem of violent crimes and murders being committed by the use of guns, let's turn our attention to what changes need to be...
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