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Guns | [Stephen King]

Guns

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    DS NH 02-15-13
    DS NH 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Reasoned Promo for Gun Control"

    Thank you Stephen King.
    A voice of reason in a sea of paranoids.
    EVERYONE should read this.

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    SigEp NE Beta 982 Omaha, NE 02-24-13
    SigEp NE Beta 982 Omaha, NE 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A view from both sides"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a good job of showing voice inflection.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but they did a good job with this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was though provoking regardless of which side of the gun control belief you sit on.


    Any additional comments?

    It was only 69 cents. It was worth the purchase and short enough you can knock it out in one sitting.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yale Frederick, MD, United States 02-21-13
    Yale Frederick, MD, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2005

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    "A Respectable Perspective"
    If you could sum up Guns in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, timely


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened to, but it is professional and straight forward. An objective presentation of highly controversial subject matter.


    If you could give Guns a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Can You Hear Me Now, Joe Biden?"


    Any additional comments?

    An outstanding short read from a prolific writer. A somewhat different twist on a subject that has been covered widely in the press.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 02-19-13
    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

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    "Entertaining... Even if I don't fully agree..."

    This short opinionated "book" was entertaining. Stephen King gives a very honest look at what he believes should be done to curve the not-so recent streak of mass shootings. We as Americans have VERY short memories. It doesn't take much for us to forget about a recent tragedy and move onto the latest news story that catches our eye. It's nice to see that there are others in the world that don't consider themselves far left or far right. Instead, somewhere in the middle.

    With that said, I can't say I totally agree with all the proposals President Obama has put forth. I agree with extensive background checks, but banning certain fire arms and large capacity magazines will do little if anything to prevent a mass shooting. If you could get ALL those type guns and magazines off the street first, then it might be worth it. I just feel there are much better ways to help prevent such tragedies.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana fayetteville, nc, United States 02-19-13
    Diana fayetteville, nc, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fair and balanced review"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The author looked at both sides of issue and gave a fair assessment while putting politics aside.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

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    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Fair and non-partison language


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

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    Do you have any additional comments?

    no

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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 02-17-13
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 02-17-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "It's about time"
    Would you listen to Guns again? Why?

    Oh yes because the author makes many good points an I would lik to go back to understand them all a bit better


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Stephen King is a gun owner and advocate, yet he admonishes the 'powers that be' for lax gun control. There is a compromise to be made here. If and when it is accepted will drastically reduce the number of lives wasted.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He was good; but I would have preferred the author in this instance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly; it's short compared to other audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than Stephen King's chronic bad language, I thought the essay was very well written. The topic is timely and the subject was well researched To me it is simple; no guns nobody dies. I realize that this is akin to closing the barn door after the horses have taken the bus back to town, but as Mr.King puts it 'how many people have to die before something, anything changes. Does it have to be in our neighbourhood, involve someone we know or love before a change is demanded?' So I think that it's about time that someone voiced an opinion that may intiate the discussion in the hope that in the not too distant future, change might be realized.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Government Camp, OR, United States 02-16-13
    Dan Government Camp, OR, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "King strikes. Again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    Only did audio version because I'm blind. I have listened to Dr King since the days of traveling I-5 on road trips between Portland and LA started with drawing of the three and got hooked.


    What other book might you compare Guns to and why?

    Noam chompsky it's a real motivating look hopefully the masses listen to wisdom, but we know only the realists will


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Who


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I never thought what I wrote would end in ritual massacres


    Any additional comments?

    I bought all your books on tape, even the green mile now I'm buying them again. How rich do you and your family have to be? You should keep your guns. And ask yourself does the king of make believe belong in reality

    PS. Thanks for Insomnia

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 02-15-13
    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2005

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    "The dialog starts here"

    Stephen King does a great job of starting the *real* conversation on gun violence in America. A must listen.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor United States 02-18-13
    Taylor United States 02-18-13

    I like listening.

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    "A violent mind's excelent view on guns"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Factual, evidence- and action-based argument for reducing gun violence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clear stance and actions that need to be taken to tranform gun control. Good evidence for.


    If you could give Guns a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A view on guns from a violent mind


    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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