Fast pace and fast. Not a wasted word. You will cling to the narrators voice for a fast 45 minute ride.
Stephen King seems one of the first people to simply bring this contemporary issue under the light of logic. It is amazing how most people (attmitingly myself included) hang on or have hung on to at least one incorrect assumptions on this debate. Assumptions that have been spoon fed to us by the media, special interest and politicians on self serving missions that happen to be at odds with fixing the problems.
Mr. King throws abucket of water on this issue in a cool, down to earth prose that show how political polarity and otherwise immature childishness has made BOTH SIDES of the arguement hopelessly divided. How thier lack of accountability and misconceptions have lead to lofty goals that are all but inachievable even with full compromise from the other side.
The writing is superb, as one would expect. No matter your viewpoint, he will anger you, mainly by his insightful description of your self-contradictory opinions. He lambastes each side's wrong headed assertions and assumptions, then encourages individuals to rethink their own views and engage in rational discussion, rather than parroting a party line.
Though I would add, some of this own assertions need a tad rethinking themselves.
I buy a ton of books on Audible, but this one can be read in five minutes on the internet. Don't waste your money :(
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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.
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.
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.
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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.