Molly Ivins’: Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns

There are various opinions across the nation about whether or not guns should be banned. Molly Ivins highlights several key points on why guns should be banned in our nation in her essay “Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns.” Ivins is attempting to persuade the reader in her essay by giving them insight to the increasing number of guns in America.

Molly Ivins writes a persuasive essay in an attempt to show her readers, we have an increasing number of guns in America and we do not need them. She trys to persuade the reader by telling them she supports the Second Amendment. She also gives her readers who are wondering what they will use for protection a solution when she states, “a general substation of knives for guns would promote physical fitness (273).” However, for many Americans they will not be happy with using simply a knife for protection. Ivins is wrote her essay on a highly controversial topic, which seems to always be in the news. Many Americans have different opinions on the subject, and when something bad happens involving a gun they some want guns taken away, while others do not. Ivins implied this when she stated “the argument that “guns don’t kill people” is patent nonsense (274).” She is showing how guns do kill people and something does need to be done about them.

Molly Ivins wrote a highly controversial and persuasive essay, “Get a Knife, Get a Dog, But Get Rid of Guns” in order to show we do not need guns in America in order to survive. She wanted to show her readers we can have a peaceful society without guns in it, and have minimal weapons we would function much better.


Work Cited

Ivins, Molly. “Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns.” The Little Norton Reader(1993): 273-75. Print.


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