I personally am a strong believer that an “ideal society” should have no guns; nevertheless crime is a big problem to the citizens of our society and guns are necessary. Therefore, it is not recommended that we ban guns completely. The most pragmatic thing to do is to reduce the availability of guns and make it difficult to procure them by making sure that they are given only to people who are mentally capable of handling them. There is a definite need to ban guns since their liberal usage leads to large-scale public massacres, which are suited for the field of war, not civilized society. Weapons like automatic rifles and assault weapons are tools created with the purpose of mass killings.
(www.agentinsure.com) To counterbalance this dangerous activity, drivers need to become more conscious of their personal responsibility to be a defensive driver. Martin Gottfried, in his essay “Rambos of the Road,” states that “there has recently been an epidemic of auto macho – a competition perceived and expressed in driving.” (500) There are many types of aggressive driving, such as, speeding, racing, frequently changing lanes, cutting off other drivers, failing to signal, running red lights, failing to yield, tailgating, slowing rapidly to discourage a tailgater, etc…The list is long. Many people probably drive aggressively and are not even aware of it. Aggressive driving can be caused by multiple things such as, weather conditions, wet roads, impatience, traffic, or trying to save time. All of these things can irritate even the best of drivers, and cause them to make poor decisions on the road.
My portfolio is about the negative externalities caused by cars and falls under the category of market failure in micro economics. Negative externalities are externalities that have a negative effect on other people and do not have their costs paid for by the producer of this externality. If a certain good is causing externalities then that good will go into overprovision so for example the more cars that cause external costs the more overprovided they become. There are many negative externalities caused by cars, these externalities are: • Accidents: This covers medical cost for injuries as well as costs for death caused by cars. This causes a lot of problems because car crashes aren’t rare occurrences and when they happen a lot of money is needed to pay for the life insurance if the death of someone happens along with payment for any injuries and damages which is all paid for by the government with our taxes.
Open Boarders Cause Trouble While driving home from a night out, Alfredo Ramos, an illegal, undocumented immigrant, originally born in Mexico, brought an early death upon two young girls. Ramos, whose blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit, was speeding on a Virginia Beach highway when he collided his 1998 Mitsubishi into the back of another car sitting at a red light. The impact, sudden and intense, broke the neck of one of the girls, 17 year old Allison Kuhnhardt, killing her immediately. The passenger, 16 year old Tessa Tranchant, was also not lucky enough to survive the deadly crash. Amazingly, Ramos, who had already been charged twice with being drunk in public and once with a DUI, walked away from the accident with nothing but a swollen cheek.
This documentary heavily revolves around the idea that the main cause of gun violence in America is due to so many American’s being immersed in a culture of fear. This matter is brought up by Rock Artist Marilyn Manson whos music was targeted by the media in the wake of The Columbine Massacre as a cause of the mass shooting. “It’s a campaign of fear and consumption” says Manson, “Keep the people scared and they will consume”. Moore seems to agree as he plays a montage of TV news headlines that blast viewers with images of crime after crime. This shows the viewer how Americans are not being shown the more important news story’s when a clip reveals “new speedbumps” being setup in a peaceful town in Canada.
Ford and Firestone Case Study Safety issues involving Firestone tire tread separations specifically on Ford Explorer SUV’s and resulting vehicle rollovers were brought into the public’s view in early 1998 as a result of several tragic accidents. Tire tread separation photo, Associated Press, 2000 One accident involved a junior high school girl named Jessica LeAnn Taylor from Mexia, Texas. Jessica was a passenger in a Ford Explorer with Firestone tires, during the accident the tire peeled off and forced the vehicle to lose control and proceed to roll. This young girl died from complications caused during this accident. Another accident involved a Ford Explorer driven by Victor Rodriguez from Laredo, Texas.
Gun laws pertaining to schools prevent people from saving more lives and stopping shootings in the making. The Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 goes down in history as the worst school shooting in U.S history. Seung-Hui killed “32 unarmed students on the campus of Virginia Tech” (McGrath), taking his time to go through the building as he “had no expectation that a fellow student or a faculty member might shoot back”(McGrath) thanks to Virginia Tech’s gun-free zone. If Virginia Tech hadn’t had that law, people like Tracy Bridges would have had their guns on them, saving some students that could be alive today “instead of having to sprint to their cars in distant parking lots.” (McGrath).The same happened in1997 when Luke Woodham, then 16, used and action rifle to kill two students and wound seven others at his high school in Pear, Mississippi. Joel Myrick heard the shots and sprinted to get his .45 that was “Prohibited by law” (McGrath) onto campus.
She also met a mother in Maryland dealing with the devastating consequences of drunk driving; she was struck by a drunk driver while in her car with her five month old daughter. As a result, her daughter suffered nearly complete paralysis. Together, they formed the first MADD chapter in Maryland (Loewit-Phillips & Goldbas, 2013). In order to bring nationwide attention to the dangers of drinking and driving, MADD began staging public protests, revealing judges and prosecutors who failed to bring offenders to justice, and uncovering the prevalence of accidents related to drunk driving. Public service announcements led to societal awareness of this issue and stricter consequences for those found guilty of drunk driving.
Ali Ahmadi Dec 8th, 2011 “ I’ll Never Drink and Drive Again” Summary: Alcohol can change the lives of teens. There are more than 2000 teens killed in alcohol-related crashes every year. Kimberley Bowers, a young lady who was involved in a deadly car accident shares her story. According to the article, one night after a party, at which Kimberley drank about 6 beers, she drove drunk and killed Alex, a 26-year-old bicyclist. Kimberley was a student at the time of the accident.
Course no. SP180.1.2 – Principles of Public Speaking Assignment No. 6 – Persuasive Speech Outline TITLE: Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Should be Mandatory Nationwide A. General Purpose To persuade the audience that cell phone usage while driving should be banned nationwide B. Specific Purpose To convince the audience that driving while on a cell phone can be distracting and very dangerous to themselves as well as others on the road C. Central idea Using a cell phone while driving is distracting to the driver, this can cause serious accidents to include fatalities.