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)
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"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)
I loved this audio. Thank you Stephen for speaking out about this subject. I agree with you about the gun control issue and hope Congress will do the right thing. It's very scary to think so many people die everyday from guns.
I really enjoyed this essay. King's writing style -which I love- used to voice his opinion makes for a strong combination. The performance is super !
As I don't live in the US my opinion on the subject is irrelevant, but I think it is less enjoyable if you happen to have and enjoy those high powered weapons.
The accuracy in the way the media sensationalizes a catastrophic event.
I think he accurately read the story as it was suppose to be read and how Stephen King wanted it to be read.
It's interesting to see what Stephen Kings views are, and his timing is relevant.
I may not agree 100% with Stephen Kings views, but I understand where he is coming from.
I think the problem lies within the lack of stringent background checks. I fear the possibility, however small it may be, for a hostile government take over, or the government taking over the people someday (history repeating). The need for powerful guns may be viable, to protect our families or our rights as Americans.
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.
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An outstanding short read from a prolific writer. A somewhat different twist on a subject that has been covered widely in the press.
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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.
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