Rhetorical Principles of Persuasion... went over some campaign commercials and tried to see how much we could BS (IMO) as to what the underlying persuasion methods are. It's an open class where we normally just have a conversation between the professor, mainly dominated by 2-3 annoying gamers that I want to punch in the face but that's beside the point, so it's an open class. The conversation turned to Imperialism, then to Freedom vs. Security, and then a student brought up gun control. I was thinking about it when freedom vs. security was brought up, but didn't want bring it up myself. The professor is from Texas, like me, and said that in Texas "we like our guns" and she said herself "I like guns, but...." and then went off on the stereotypical Democratic response. I stayed quiet for the most part but disagreed with her when she said driver's licenses are more regulated than guns. I told her with some guns, that's completely not the case and she got kind of nervous and said "what kind of guns are you talking about?" Me: "Guns that fire more than one bullet with one pull of the trigger... fully automatic guns. Extensive background checks, fingerprints taken, special tax to government, permission from the chief of police... and they're no more deadly than a revolver." And that comment everyone disagreed with, of course... class was basically over at that time so I didn't really get to argue it more. When I walked out of the class she told me to speak up more and I told her I didn't want to start an all-out political debate because I'm very passionate about this. She went on a little more about her liking guns but not wanting criminals/mentals to have them... Sorry for the massively long post... just wanted to vent.