Need ideas for gun related speech


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Finch
September 10, 2004, 02:18 AM
I need to give a speech for a college communications class. It has to demostrate something and I need to use a visual aid. I already asked if I could briung a rifle and show how to break it down and clean it, but that was a no go.

So any Ideas on what I can do for this speech but stioll have it relate to Firearms or the 2nd Amendment? Remember, I have to demostate something using a visual aid. Thanks.

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Cyanide_357
September 10, 2004, 02:38 AM
I had a simular course durring spring quarter... Don't you just Love (read: Hate!!!) speech clases..

I did 2 gun related speeches. I chose CCW since Ohio recently passed it, and what the assault weapon ban is, and why it should be allowed to expire. All I will say is don't expect to get any possitive reactions.. if you get any at all. Providing visual aids always seem to be a Pain in the A**.

Since the AWB is such a hot topic, and incorrectly presented, you could do something about it. You could educate your classmates on what the awb is, what the differences between post ban/pre ban guns.. though it won't matter anymore...

You could possibly discuss various shooting sports, or talk about NFA weapons...

Or you could still demonstrate the proper way to clean a gun, and just use enlarged pictures of the process.

Or you could maybe entice them why they should consider gun ownership, or proper gun handling techniques.. hell just use a toy gun to demonstrate the 4 rules.

There are various topics you could choose.. so just brain storm...

Hopefully you won't have some idiot anti do a speech on why we need more gun controle based on the actions of criminals. :banghead: :fire: :scrutiny: :cuss: :confused: :mad:

Hope I was of some help.

Cyanide

seed
September 10, 2004, 03:44 AM
Take a look at the book, "More Guns, Less Crime" by John R. Lott, Jr. and similar books. Tons of statistics (kind of boring, but powerful all the same). If you do a search on Amazon for this book, you will find other similar books. The best thing you can do is to present your case as lawyerly and professional as possible so that even those who will be red in the face, pissed off at you for even presenting your case will only sit and stew...for fear of coming off like idiots for a lack of knowledge and over-abundance of emotion. Do not come off as irrational or extreme...rather present yourself as a thinking man (or woman) who did his damned homework on the subject and is bringing up some very valid points.

Oh, one more thing...there was a thread I saw here some time ago where some anti asked everybody why gun control was a bad thing. He was polite and so were the majority of responses. What stood out was the very first (or second?) response. I mean the guy who wrote it was good. I wish I could tell you how to find it, but I can't. I wish I would have subscribed to the thread, but I didn't. Maybe you could do a search and luck out. I'll try to find it and get back to you. Good luck.

seed.

38SnubFan
September 10, 2004, 04:30 AM
Most of the "fears" of firearms lies in the lack of education and understanding.

My best bet to you, is the facts.

One example of those (and the greatest in my opinion) is the fact that there are 83,000,000 law-abiding gunowners in this country, and that NONE of them committed a crime yesterday.

Or, how about the fact that privately-owned firearms stop crime or threat thereof over 2 MILLION TIMES per year, with less than 1% of them ever requiring a shot to be fired, and even less than that causing death to an assailant.

That out of 97,300 deaths due to unintentional injuries in 2000, only 600 were caused by firearms.

That the only purpose of Teflon-coated bullets was to reduce wear and tear on a gun barrel, NOT to penetrate a LEO's body armor. (Fact: No police officer has died from a shooting because of a bullet penetrating body armor).

Here's a funny one I just found (not sure how many people knew this):

Sarah Brady blames guns for the death of her husband, yet her husband had a Class III Federal Firearms License (allowing him to own fully automatic weapons)!

I'm sure you can find many more facts out through research. It is THESE facts, which will show the truth and expose the lies that the media feeds the public, that will turn a lot of heads and change a lot of minds.

At least, we hope, for the sake of our rights and the sake of this great nation.

-38SnubFan

NukemJim
September 10, 2004, 07:21 AM
(Fact: No police officer has died from a shooting because of a bullet penetrating body armor).

Sorry to bring this up but I believe that this is no longer true. Specificly there was at least 1 possibly more whose vest was penatrated and the officer killed while wearing vest with Zylon (SP?)

Do not have time to get specfics now, on way to work :( ( Hey it pays for the ammo :) ) Will post later if it is desired.

NukemJim

TarpleyG
September 10, 2004, 07:34 AM
Sorry to bring this up but I believe that this is no longer true. Specificly there was at least 1 possibly more whose vest was penatrated and the officer killed while wearing vest with Zylon (SP?)
Alright, here ya go--use this to your advantage. The deputy that was killed here in Broward was shot with a .30-30 Winchester. Hardly an 'assault weapon' or 'assault rifle.'

Cover the AWB and what the antis would have the public believe and maybe even throw in how Ted Kennedy wanted to ban armor piercing .30-30 ammo. You'll have to carefully tie all this in to avoid a possible backfire.

Use pictures of a preban AR-15 and a post ban AR-15 and explain the difference. Explain the part about how they made the decision to ban rifles on how 'scary' they looked and how ineffective this ban has been and that is why it is sunsetting. Tons of possibilities with this and a great opportunity to educate some folks.

Greg

Sawdust
September 10, 2004, 10:02 AM
38SnubFan sez:

Sarah Brady blames guns for the death of her husband

Jim Brady is dead? When? :scrutiny:

Sawdust

mnrivrat
September 10, 2004, 10:46 AM
No easy solution to the visual aid part of this speech as you have found out.
The mere fact that you are not allowed to bring an inanimate object to the class for the purpose of a visual aid could possibly be used as part of the message or content of your presentation.
They may not even allow a toy gun as a visual aid , which would relegate you to having photo's only.

Personaly I wouldn't get to wrapped up in showing the differences of one firearm vs another as you will be speaking to a crowd that is young and many who would not understand the difference . I would stick with basic or fundamental issues regarding both firearms themselves as well as the 2nd amendment .

I would focus more on the issue of what a firearm is , how they work, and a special focus on who controls their function .
The fact that they are not evil tools as the media likes to portray them , or that the word "assualt" does not fit an inanimate object.

Maybe a short explaination of the second amendment with a couple of quotes from the likes of Thomas Jefferson on peoples rights thrown in.

Speaking strictly about the visual aid - you at best will have to use a toy , and at worst photo's . Why are we so afraid of an inanimate object that bringing one into the classroom is forbidden ? Why were we allowed to bring them to school and put them in are lockers for safe keeping in the 1950's ? (so we could go duck hunting right after classes) Were the guns different then ? - or our attitudes toward them ?

Mad Man
September 10, 2004, 11:20 AM
I need to give a speech for a college communications class. It has to demostrate something and I need to use a visual aid. I already asked if I could briung a rifle and show how to break it down and clean it, but that was a no go.

So any Ideas on what I can do for this speech but stioll have it relate to Firearms or the 2nd Amendment? Remember, I have to demostate something using a visual aid. Thanks.



I once had the same dilemma.


For the "process" speech (ie - how to do something), I wanted to demonstrate the takedown and assembly of an AR-15. Needless to say, the professor wasn't too fond of the idea (especially since Denver had just passed an "assault weapons" ban, so it would have been illegal).

Instead, I disassembled and re-assembled the bolt carrier group, while blindfolded.

The class loved it.


Since it was just the bolt-carrier group, it did not constitute a firearm. And given the time constraints, it worked out better anyway.

If this is a process speech -- which it sounds like -- avoid getting preachy about the Second Amendment. This is not the time for it. Save that for the "opinion" or "persuasion" speech.



If you can't get your hands on an AR-15 bolt carrier group, maybe some of the graphics at SafetyOn (http://safetyon.com/) might be useful.

http://safetyon.com/images/siganim.gif (http://safetyon.com/)

http://www.gunsoft.com/images/bulletanim.GIF (http://www.gunsoft.com/prev1.htm)


If you're going to use those animated .gifs, and you don't have an internet connection in your classroom, test them to be sure they work on your system when not connected to the 'net. Windows XP will animate them without a connection, but older versions of Windows may not..

caveat about Safety On: It's a great product, except that it keeps trying to install QuickTime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/) 2 (which was fine 5 years ago), even though the current version is now 6.5.

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