The Debate Over Gun Bans

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"Dialectic is a method of debating issues of general interest, starting from widely accepted ideas, as rhetoric has been understood as simply the study of persuasion” (Herrick, 2013). Debating issues of general interest would be much like the Senate debating the implementation of firearm bans across the country. The recent all time high of violence and terror attacks with firearms have created widely accepted ideas of implementing weapon bans throughout the country. Given that some do not agree with the idea of weapon bans it creates a debates. While the Senate debates the issue of weapon bans senators and the public use rhetoric to support their arguments on why they believe or do not believe the gun bans are necessary. Aristotle believed that rhetoric was the counterpart of dialectic. “Dialectic and rhetoric represent two complementary arts of reasoning from widely accepted opinions to probable conclusions on a range of topics, are not dependent on the principles of specific sciences, are concerned with both sides of an opposition, rely on the same theory of deduction and induction, similarly apply topoi” (Herrick, 2013). Although both dialectic and rhetoric are similar in ways and being with endoxa there is a difference between the two. Rhetoric addresses specific issues, while dialectic general questions. Dialectic would be a testing of an argument with general brief questions by a small select informed skilled audience on an issue, an audience who are much harder to persuade than rhetoric audiences. An example of dialectic would be a small group of doctors dealing with questions that concern and affects everyone collectively in a medical theory while figuring a way to solve a common problem. Rhetoric employs sources of suppo... ... middle of paper ... ...e benefit to society. Self-interest over honor, virtue, justice, equality, and integrity is unethical and socially irresponsible. The importance of ethical and social responsibility is that all men are created and should be treated equally. Fairness, virtue, equality, and justice are key to a civilized society. Without these ethical and social responsibilities we would live “like animals as in nature” (Herrick, 2013). Those who contribute positively to society and maintain their positive ethical and social responsibilities have fulfilled their moral civic duty for the world. Donald Trump is a prime example of someone who practices positive moral and ethical responsibilities. With the building of the border wall and implementing laws to prevent illegal immigration Donald Trump is willing to serve his country making it a better and safer place for society as a whole.

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