You don't listen to something like this for "enjoyment"
His performance was fine
This is an opinion piece that is well reasoned by King. That I don't agree is beside the point. I have waited for 35 years for something as shocking as Newtown to cause us to react by abridging the rights of the law abiding. I would have thought that Columbine would have done it- or Virginia Tech- or myriad others. Apparently it took the deaths of little kids. I suspect that a number of less high volume weapons would cause about the same damage. Will this have any effect? It will not and at least King is intellectually honest enough to admit that.
Just prepare for the infringement of something else that the elites in Washington don't approve of. The left thinks of this as a moral question. So it goes.
Yes. I think that it portrays ideas that we should all consider.
I think everyone trying to discuss gun control should read/listen to this. It was very well written.
Notably Steven King wrote an early novel 'Rage' that was found to be on the personal reading list of two American Shooters.
The overall pull no punches attitude / writing style of Steven King is read well by Christian Rummel. Overall the points made are hard set in American culture, which I find disturbing to think about. He argues that there is no culture of violence in the media, which he backs up with popular media examples (video/written most strongly). But King ignores a couple of elements: 1) the American polarized psyche 2) the facts about anti psychotic drugs involved in the shooter incidents. I live just across the border. And when all is said and done, gun crime in Canada, even in the largest metro areas is very low compared to the US. The reason, guns are hard to get. There are a lot of things I don't like about Canada, the liberal attitudes, the lack of government accountability, the stuffy attitudes, the limited press, and these may under foreign lens seem juxtaposed to the gun control laws, but facts are facts the gun crime in Canada is minute in comparison to the gun crime in the US. I am not in favor of even changing the gun laws in the US, for the same reason as anyone there who isn't. It is a slippery slope. And as border nation I recognize the destabalizing potential of radical constitutional amendment. Over all this article was certainly worth the few cents it cost.
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Absoloutly, as an Australian I value our gun ownership laws, King has a balanced view.
The intelligent thoughtful commentry.
Its really more factual commentry.
No, I found it to intense for one session.
This is a well balanced and researched opinion.
I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.
I'm not sure what my expectations were. I'm a huge second amendment supporter and certainly right of center politically and I agree with the sentiment that guns don't kill anyone at all. I also think that I've never seen a murder on TV (except I guess I did see Jack Ruby shoot Oswald, come to think of it). There are no murders on TV or in the movies, of course. All that said, I guess I expected a more reasoned approach from Stephen King. Some of his novels get a bit preachy (usually on the lefty side of the aisle) but never enough to bother me much, and I was actually surprised to hear he was a gun owner. His arguments are pretty familiar and lame, however. I am still and will always be a fan, however. As he said in the introduction, I'm one of those who thinks he should stick to writing books. In this essay, he's either preaching to the (gun-control) choir, or whatever the opposite metaphor would be (can't think of one offhand).
My title says it all. I really enjoy most of Steven King's books, but not this one. I thought I was listening to a pretty unbiased review up until about the last 10 minutes. I really disagree with the views and how they were presented at the end of this book. I have listened to every book I've purchased except this one, at 4 or 5 min left I just stopped listening.
If you are looking for the next thriller from probably the most prodigious and skilled master of the creeps, then this isn't it! This isn't a story, but an essay; a well-thought out and insightful discourse on the plague of mass murder by gun violence in America, and the inadequate way that American society deals with it.
Narrator Rummel keeps the listener riveted as he brings King's words to life. And King's common sense and incising words cut through the usual crap one reads on the subject.
Download and listen if you want a fresh perspective on this issue, but don't expect a horror story; THIS horror is for real!
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I'm not American so I watch and listen to the gun debate with shifting emotions of anger, futility, hilarity, and lots of sadness. Like health care, like the deficit, the gun debate is a reflection of the fact the US is broken. Rome is on a slow burn when a man walks into a school and kills 20+ kids and teachers and no one so much as shrugs.
To his credit, King uses his literary skills and fame to put forward a most reasonable compromise on the gun question. It's not overly unique, but it does warrant attention for its moderation vs the usual celebrity extremism that gets picked up in the media. And having never read (or listened) to a King novel, I can say that I was impressed by the "everyman" style he used for his writing. He drops the occasional F-bomb and there is some humour but as you would expect from the king of horror and suspense, he tries to get your attention with some pretty graphic descriptions. Mission accomplished, he gets your attention.
For any American reading this book and this review and who has any kind of opinion on the gun question, I say this little essay is worth your money. King's middle of the road approach has appeal and has utility in a politic that by all accounts is presently not well. Those of us in Canada and the rest of the world (sans the psychos, Marxists, jihadists, and eco-crazies) are pulling for you. This book offers a moderate approach to guns just as there are reasonable approaches on whole host of other issues. I sincerely hope you folks begin to get it figured out.
The narrator, Rommell was his normal excellent self. The guy does outrage better than anyone.
I love how hard hitting this is. Great piece on guns and gun control.
The tone of his voice was appropriate for this piece.
Totally listen to it in one sitting. It has greater impact that way.