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.
"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)
Have not read the print version
The honesty of the author. Anyone that reads or listens will ponder these words for many a day. And when the next tragedy occurs and, it most certainly will occur, the profoundness of his logic will ring true.
One sitting and a repeat.
My comments are from the perspective of a gun owner, clay and trap participant, hunter, collector and vocal protector of the 2nd amendment. Having said that, I not only concur with the writers assessment, but have written all members of congress to suggest that enough is enough. No I am not willing to give up all my weapons, however I have some 30 that I would deem unnecessary and dangerous if someone were able to to breach my locked safe. They will go.
Short and to the point.
Well done. I can hear Mr. King.
Too bad fiction is taken so seriously by some who are perhaps not in touch with reality. Mr. King has written so many books that are thought provoking, funny, hateful and oh yes down right scary. I believe his intention is to make us think.
I personally don't see how anyone (left or right wing) can argue with the logic Stephen Kings uses in this book. I would like to see this book passed out to everyone in our country, its a perspective on gun control that could save a lot of lives without taking away our right to bear arms.
The narrator did a good job of showing voice inflection.
No but they did a good job with this book.
it was though provoking regardless of which side of the gun control belief you sit on.
It was only 69 cents. It was worth the purchase and short enough you can knock it out in one sitting.
Thought provoking, timely
This is the first I have listened to, but it is professional and straight forward. An objective presentation of highly controversial subject matter.
"Can You Hear Me Now, Joe Biden?"
An outstanding short read from a prolific writer. A somewhat different twist on a subject that has been covered widely in the press.
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
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.
Say something about yourself!
The author looked at both sides of issue and gave a fair assessment while putting politics aside.
Fair and non-partison language
Oh yes because the author makes many good points an I would lik to go back to understand them all a bit better
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.
He was good; but I would have preferred the author in this instance.
Certainly; it's short compared to other audiobooks.
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.
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.
Noam chompsky it's a real motivating look hopefully the masses listen to wisdom, but we know only the realists will
I never thought what I wrote would end in ritual massacres
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
Stephen King does a great job of starting the *real* conversation on gun violence in America. A must listen.
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