In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.
King's earnings from the sale of this essay will go to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Stephen King is the author of 11/22/63, Under the Dome, Carrie, The Shining, and many other best-selling works.
"The overwhelming response from readers of the Kindle Single edition of Guns underscores the great need for thoughtful discourse on the issue of guns in America…I’m thrilled Audible is bringing Guns to the quickly growing audience of audiobook listeners." (Stephen King)
"There are a handful of subjects in America so emotional and polarizing that the national dialogue around them amounts to little more than a shouting match. Chief among these is the subject of guns. In this intimate and moving Kindle Single, Stephen King employs all his gifts as writer and citizen to address gun violence in America. But why should we care what Stephen King has to say? As it turns out, there are a number of reasons. Despite his "liberal creds," King is an unapologetic gun owner himself. He is also the author of a novel--published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman--that has served as a "possible accelerant" for at least four real-life high school shooters. King had his publisher take that book off the market long ago, but the guns and the occasional bursts of unfathomable violence remain. When division is everywhere, is it possible for someone to argue passionately for the middle road? That is what King seeks to do here--this is a frank and thoughtful contribution to a dialogue in dire need of voices from the 'all-but-deserted middle.'" (Chris Schluep, Amazon.com)
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Excellent analysis of situation
Very even handed, shooting down extremes and sillyness on both sides of the issue. Highly recommended reading.
- J. Schaffer
Everyone should read this
Point of view from a gun owner, I.e. Mr. King.
I liked being made to remember all the recent incidents, where innocents were struck down for NO reason. I think if every gun owner who actually took the time to read this - with an open mind - might come away from it without the fear that every gun in America should be taken out of homes.
This should be required reading for all gun owners, as well those in the opposite camp. This essay gives some perspective on the use and misuse of guns and reasons why certain types of guns and ammunition should be illegal and unavailable for public use. Before reading this essay, I was in the camp of no guns allowed. Now, at least, while I don't think I will ever have a reason to own a gun, I believe in the right to own a "readonable" gun(s). I am more firmly than ever on the side of background checks - people who have nothing to hide don't need to worry that they will be denied the right to purchase a gun - it will just take a little time. What is the hurry, anyway?