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.
I don't know why I get so surprised every time he writes something that isn't scary ( And I love his scary stuff) and it is REALLY GOOD WRITING! He is such a good writer and this is right to the point. I wish everyone had to read it.
Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.
Like most liberals; King believes the world will just naturally fall in line and be good little boys and girls and the rest of us should trust them and our Government with our lives. He dosen't believe the greatest danger is from our own Government. He believes we don't need and 30 round magazines to shoot deer or home invaders and he's right. deer rarely shoot back and criminals who invade our homes usually come and go rather quickly. The gentlemen who penned the second ammendment saw a real danger from the old addage
" Power corrupts" and the Obama administration is one of the best examples since Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon. The Government already has planes, tanks, ships and bombs. Don't take what little defense we have, Mr. King......
As this was an essay, I cannot rate it in the same manner that I would grade a "story".
While most opinions regarding gun control are stridently one-sided and make no effort to consider opposing view, Mr. King does attempt to be fair-minded. However, it is clear where his sympathies lie.
Well written and cogent, the essay provides reasoned food for thought on a subject that stirs great debate.
While he started with some wonderfully logical points, the writer broke down and relied only upon some misinformation, miscategorizations, and inaccuracies at the end. Had he stayed the course he could have made a compelling argument for his viewpoints.
The descent into typical talking points and arguments against the 2nd amendment instead of the same analysis he brought to the first few paragraphs.
In the beginning there was a coherent and emotionless argument analysed. In the end, an emotional rant without any supporting facts, all opinion.
The Author should differentiate between facts and fictions and opinions. "Assault Rifle" is a term coined by the media, not an actual description of the weapons used in recent shootings. Also, no "Automatic" weapons were used, nor are any weapons used in these actually military weapons- rather they are simply hunting caliber semi automatic weapons that are modified to LOOK like a military weapon.
If proponents of gun control would simply admit this portion of the debate ahead of time and stop using inflammatory and pejorative sentences and words designed to frighten readers/listeners genuinely honest debate can ensue about reasonable measures being taken to better equip society in limiting access by the mentally ill to weapons that can be used to harm multiple people in short time frames- which would include chemicals, explosives, and arson tools as well I would imagine, if the debate is to be genuine.
Stephen King couldn't write with such success without knowing and understanding crazy. His sensibility is his ability to live and think normally while embracing the thoughts that come from dark places.
His commentary in Guns shows common sense and a strong grasp on reality, contrary to his usual genre. He did a great job of supporting the right to keep and bear arms while drawing a line on the need to have a military like arsenal capable of killing hundreds in only moments.
Did not read the print version.
Stephen King's book "On Writing"
It was ok.
King offers a very common-sense approach to the current issue of gun control. It is a non-biased look at our current societal issues related to guns and mass shootings, and the ways we can bring about change.
Stephen King is known for his horror books. With this short essay, we leave the world of fiction for a world of opinion and political commentary that I daresay might just speak for the 'silent majority' of people that don't feel strongly enough about the 'Gun Control' debate to speak up one way or another. Mr. King shows a willingness to admit his own personal divide on the subject, being a gun-owner but also believing that there is a place for some sort of regulation of firearms.
This short essay reads like an appeal from the heart, an honest commentary that has less to do with actual Guns and more to do with the politics behind the Gun control debate. If you have no opinion on the subject, or you feel very strongly about this subject - this essay will make you think - exactly what it was intended to do.
Nothing could have made this a 4 or 5 star listen, but I was hoping for more than a one.
I bought this because it was Stephen King and I expected a thoughtful discussion of a serious topic. It was well written and the narration was fine but the material was nothing more than talking points promoting his personal opinion. If you are looking for a big name to reflect your personal point of view, he's your guy However, you might want to give that money to a group that will use your donation to actively effect legislation. If you are looking for an impartiality, new ideas, relevant background or insight into the subject of gun control, turn on your tv and listen to commercials for free.