Employing a typical reportorial technique, the journalist sought an independent opinion from a professional who might know something about the topic, in this case the doctor:

Dr. Carnell Cooper, a trauma surgeon at the . . . University of Maryland Medical Center here, said some form of gun control was needed to quell the violence. “Nationally, we’re up against individual rights versus the health and safety of our citizens,” Dr. Cooper said. “We need to somehow come to a compromise.” Dr. Cooper said that locally something had to give. Last year, Baltimore recorded 275 homicides, up from 269 in 2005. “We can’t just throw our hands up in the air and say we can’t do anything about this problem.”