A1 Journal article – refereed

Beyond Argumentum in Terrorem: The Contested Rhetoric of Campus Carry




List of Authors: Albion M. Butters

Publisher: Cambridge University Press & British Association for American Studies

Place: Cambridge

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Journal of American Studies

Journal acronym: JAS

eISSN: 1469-5154

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021875820001395

URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/beyond-argumentum-in-terrorem-the-contested-rhetoric-of-campus-carry/8CBFF19DA84F2E406E78EA44E4186AF2


Abstract

This essay reflects on the use of competing rhetorical frames of fear
strategically used by the academic community of The University of Texas
at Austin in the debate on Campus Carry policy. With the legalization
of concealed handguns on campus, fear emerged as a prominent trope in
public discussions, albeit used in very different ways by supporters or
opponents of the law. Against the more standard interpretation of
fear-based rhetoric as an exploitation of others’ insecurities, this
essay draws on mixed-methods research to examine expressions of fear by
activist opponents of Campus Carry and the way in which supporters of
the law sought to deconstruct it.



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