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Topic: Gun Policy

Specific Purpose: to persuade my audience that a uniform national gun policy is necessary.

Thematic statement/ central ideas: A uniform national gun policy is necessary because the gun policies vary from state to state, the lack of a policy allows innocent death, and costs the public money.


ATTENTION GAINING DEVICE: Let me tell you a short story. At 11:10 AM, on Tuesday, April 20th, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived in the parking lot a few minutes before lunch "A" began. They proceeded to the top of the west entrance steps, the highest point on campus each carrying a 20 lb. duffle bag. Armed with two sawed-off shotguns, a 9mm semi-automatic carbine rifle, and a 9mm Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol, in just 18 minutes they murdered 13 innocent people and injured 24 more. The story I speak of is the Columbine Tragedy.

INTRODUCTION TO TOPIC: A tragedy that would have been prevented if the US had a uniform national gun policy.

CREDIBILITY: I personally have worked in a gunsmith shop where firearms are sold. I have also studied the effect firearms have on people. I have clearly decided with the data collected for this presentation, a uniform national gun policy needs to be administered.

PREVIEW: There are three reasons. First, gun policy varies from state to state. Second, the lack of a policy allows for innocent people to die. Thirdly, it costs the public money.

TRANSITION: Now let me offer some reasons for my claim.


1. Gun policies vary from state to state.

A. According to the Brady Foundation, one of the leading campaigns to end gun violence. 36% of the nation, 18 of 50 states, impose a waiting period.. (prevent crimes of passion, no background check, not able to check if buyer is prohibited or not to purchase.)

B. 28%, 14 of 50 states require some type of license and registration to own a firearm. (aide the police in tracking criminals and solving cases.)

C. Even fewer are the states that require safety training, 14%, that's 7 states. (show knowledge of gun laws and proper handling and storage)

2. The lack of a uniform gun policy allows for innocent people to die.

A. Johns Hopkins University, a world renowned research center, found that nearly 3% of firearm fatalities in 2001 were unintentional,



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