One of the most comprehensive and sweeping topics that is repeatedly discussed in the US is gun control. Does it really take a good guy with a gun, to stop a bad guy with a gun?
Or would it really be for the best, if the bad guy could not get hold of a gun in the first place? The gun law has not changed notwithstanding a lot of mass shootings which has cost many people their lives.
Emma Gonzalez makes special use of modes of persuasion in her speech. The audience she is talking to are all personally involved just like her.
And for that reason the form of appeal “pathos” is used a lot. For example when she says: “…but if us students have learned anything, it's that if you don't study, you will fail.
And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it's time to start doing something.” (p. 4, l. 8-10) In this example, the feeling she is appealing to is fear.
The fear of feeling helpless when a gun is pointed directly towards your face and there is nothing you can do.