Step 1: Rhetorical Situation
*Summarize the Local, Community Problem: Summarize the local problem you have chosen to investigate/analyze. Identify the local group of persons affected by this problem. List 2-3 causes OR effects of the problem that you will develop in the analysis.
* Describe Your Target Audience: State which specific audience within the local community you are writing to. Why would this community be interested in this problem? What do they already know about the problem? What assumptions or biases might they have? What else do you know about your audience? *Explain Your Purpose: State what you want to accomplish in writing this analysis to your audience. What is the new information and understanding about the problem that the audience will gain from reading your analysis? What is the main idea you’re trying to communicate to your audience?
* Describe the Genre Features: State which genre or form of text (an investigative report or an investigative article) you have selected for the problem analysis. Why is this genre an effective choice for your topic, target audience, and purpose?
Step 2: Multimodal Elements Next, embed at least 3 multimodal elements that you plan to use in your project.
It is important to consider how the multimodal elements will serve to support the purpose of the text. For example, photos are visually captivating, but they must serve to support the text and not simply provide a visual element. Some possible multimodal elements include:
Images Audio/Video clips Charts/Graphs Tables
* Explain how each visual element will enhance your audience’s understanding of the problem. Include properly formatted APA citations for any content you find.
Step 3: Questions List 2-3 questions you have as you prepare to research the topic in greater depth.
What do you need to know about the issue? Whose perspectives will help you better understand it?
What specific feedback do you need from your instructor to help you develop this project?
*Requirements 1-2 pages that fully answer all questions in the three steps. Address each step separately and thoroughly.
Project 1 Analysis Plan
Project 1 Analysis Plan
Gun violence is a local problem that affects many different parts of the US. Gun violence threatens people’s basic right to live, and it has changed the lives of many Americans all over the world. This topic is meant for people of color and other people who are on the outside of society. Gun violence is a public health problem that is getting worse, and about 500 people die every day because of gun violence. Many people of color should care about this problem because it hurts them and makes it hard for them to live good lives (Ridgeway, 2021). Some people think there is no hope, and others have to live in harsh conditions and fight to stay alive if they can. This investigation tries to find out more about gun violence and how it affects people of color, especially the Black community, more than white people. It will also make suggestions about what needs to be done to make gun violence less harmful and how victims can get help.
Death is one of the most important effects of gun violence. According to the reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14,542 people were killed with guns in 2017. (Ridgeway et al., 2021). The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also put out a report that said guns were used in 195,194 serious crimes in 2017. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2018). But a new report from the CDC shows that 45,222 people will have died because of guns in 2020. Aside from killings, gun violence makes people afraid. People of color fear for their lives, and most of them have long-term psychological effects like trauma, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in both themselves and their communities. Gun violence also makes it hard for people to get their rights, like getting good health care and an education. People are afraid of gun violence and are too scared to go to school or to a hospital. Because of gun violence, these services don’t work well in some of the local towns.
One reason for gun violence is that guns are easy to get. There are more than 390 million guns owned by private people in the US. It is thought that there are 120,5 guns for every 100 people in the US. This is up from 88 guns for every 100 people in 2011. Recent research shows that the number of people who own guns has grown over the past few years. Between 2019 and 2021, more than 7.5 million American adults bought guns, giving more than 11 million people access to guns in their homes (BBC, 2022). It’s important to know that Black and Hispanic people make up 40% of these new gun owners. The Bill of Rights from 1971 gives people protection and lets them own and keep guns (Jehan et al., 2018). This is allowed by the second amendment to the US Constitution, and it has been a major factor in how easy it is to get a gun and, as a result, how often guns are used to hurt people. Part of the problem is that gun laws are not very strict. Inequalities in the social, political, and economic forces that shape daily life are another reason why people use guns (Kravitz-Wirtz et al., 2022). Because of these inequalities, Black and Latina people are less protected and more likely to be hurt, which leads to a lot of gun violence.
A video and an image are two things I will use in my project. The video at this link https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/23/health/gun-deaths-in-men-by-state-study/index.html can be seen by clicking on it. by Howard (2019) is a debate about guns that tells the truth. This video is from a CNN news story about gun violence in the US between 2008 and 2016. It focuses on Black men who have been hurt by gun violence. The second part is a picture of the faces of children who were killed in a recent mass shooting in Texas. It is shown below. These people died because of gun violence. An 18-year-old man went into an elementary school in Uvalde, locked himself in a fourth-grade classroom, and shot 19 kids and two teachers without caring who they were. The picture will help show how bad gun violence is in the United States.
The study will look at how gun violence affects people in the US, especially Black people and other people of color. Violence with guns has more effects than just physical harm and death. My research will look at these effects, especially the trauma that happens to people who live through or see gun violence. I will also talk about how they can deal with these mental effects and where they can get help, because these things can have big effects on the rest of their lives. Also, people who get injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives and people who become disabled add to the disease burden. The goal of the research is to look at all of these effects in depth. Also, the topic affects all Americans, but Blacks and other minorities are affected by it more than other groups. I’d like some help figuring out if the marginalized communities are a good target audience or if I should focus on a specific community in a certain part of the US. I would also like to hear what you think about my topic. Is it a good problem for the community, and are there things I can do better?
BBC. (2022). (2022). Seven charts show how mass shootings make it hard for the U.S. to control guns. The BBC News. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081
“Crime in the United States 2017,” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, 2018. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/tables/table-19
Gramlich, J. (2022). What the numbers say about deaths caused by guns in the US.
Howard, J. (2018). State by state, the different ways black and white men die from gun violence. CNN News. From: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/23/health/gun-deaths-in-men-by-state-study/index.html
Jehan, F., Pandit, V., O’Keeffe, T., Azim, A., Jain, A., A Tai, S., Tang, A., Khan, M., Kulvatunyou, N., Gries, L., & Joseph, B. (2018). The burden of firearm violence in the United States: stricter laws result in safer states. Injury & Violence Research, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 11–16. https://doi.org/10.5249/jivr.v10i1.951
Kravitz-Wirtz, N., Bruns, A., Aubel, A. J., Zhang, X., & Buggs, S. A. (2022). Inequalities in Community Exposure to Deadly Gun Violence by Race/Ethnicity, Poverty, and Neighborhood Disadvantage among Youth in Large US Cities. From 1 to 16, Journal of Urban Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-022-00656-0
Ridgeway, G., Rosenberger, J. L., & Xue, L. (2021). Statisticians do research on gun violence. Statistics and Public Policy, 8(1), p. 73–79.