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Guns

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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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    Lauri new albany, IN, United States 04-17-13
    Lauri new albany, IN, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not just for liberals..."
    If you could sum up Guns in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightning, controversial, smart!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The writer's point of view


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

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

    Made me really think!


    Any additional comments?

    Great article.. I just wish everyone would listen to and with an open mind!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 04-11-13
    Kate 04-11-13
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    Would you listen to Guns again? Why?

    Yes, brilliant writing as usual, very interesting arguments


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Just an opinion that is measured and sensible and unbiased


    What three words best describe Christian Rummel’s voice?

    Pleasant,easy,clear


    Any additional comments?

    I would have loved to hear Stephen King narrate this. Nothing at all to fault about Christian Rummel, but as a work of non fiction from Kings perspective, it sounded a bit odd with the wrong voice

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 04-07-13
    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Balanced insight into a sensitive issue"

    I really enjoyed Stephen King's perspective on Guns in this essay. I'm not sure I agreed with it 100% but it wasn't presented in a way that made the reader feel like they must agree but rather presented a perspective and opinion that certainly was balanced with practicality. It's very easy to get emotional about this issue of Guns but unfortunately it's not an issue solution. I think this essay presents a constructive start to the dialog.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Australia 03-21-13
    Kris Australia 03-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Some people get it"

    This essay is brief, salient and just a tad snarky. Stephen King is not anti-guns in general, he just exposes the truths about what they are, what they do and what really happens when you do or do not own them. He suggests a course of action that doesn't force Americans to give up their 'constitutional rights'.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gene SANDY HOOK, CT, United States 03-18-13
    Gene SANDY HOOK, CT, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent look at Gun Control in the US"

    I found this essay very well constructed. I live in Sandy Hook so this issue is quite close to my heart. In my opinion Mr. King presents an excellent narrative of how all sides approach this issue and then outlines a "realistic" view of how and why compromises and changes to the law should occur.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marydyl 03-18-13
    Marydyl 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Marydyl

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    "Well Balanced"

    I appriciated this well balanced essay on gun control. Open discussion without hysteria is what this country needs and this is a good place to start.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John South Sterling, PA, United States 03-15-13
    John South Sterling, PA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2002
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    "A good essay, but it won't change your mind"

    Christian Rummel reads this with the same passion King used to write it. While Mr. King's perspective as the author of Rage is interesting, and it is easy to understand his need to speak out, you are only going to like this if you already agree with him.

    The fact that you can tell a person's political bent by the number of stars he gives this work is the saddest (and most telling) fact of all. In that aspect, Stephen King's stated goal of provoking a reasonable debate has failed. Not his fault, really, but that's "the way it shakes out".

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 03-01-13
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "Nothing really new here...sorry"

    I'm not sure what my expectations were. I'm a huge second amendment supporter and certainly right of center politically and I agree with the sentiment that guns don't kill anyone at all. I also think that I've never seen a murder on TV (except I guess I did see Jack Ruby shoot Oswald, come to think of it). There are no murders on TV or in the movies, of course. All that said, I guess I expected a more reasoned approach from Stephen King. Some of his novels get a bit preachy (usually on the lefty side of the aisle) but never enough to bother me much, and I was actually surprised to hear he was a gun owner. His arguments are pretty familiar and lame, however. I am still and will always be a fan, however. As he said in the introduction, I'm one of those who thinks he should stick to writing books. In this essay, he's either preaching to the (gun-control) choir, or whatever the opposite metaphor would be (can't think of one offhand).

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    jason Caldwell, OH, United States 03-03-13
    jason Caldwell, OH, United States 03-03-13
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    "Disappointed"

    My title says it all. I really enjoy most of Steven King's books, but not this one. I thought I was listening to a pretty unbiased review up until about the last 10 minutes. I really disagree with the views and how they were presented at the end of this book. I have listened to every book I've purchased except this one, at 4 or 5 min left I just stopped listening.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally an unbiased opinion"

    It's so nice to hear an intelligent and knowledgeable opinion on the subject of guns from someone who isn't coming from the extreme right or left. I have been a hardcore Stephen King fan for over 25 years. Now I've found a new level of respect for the man as well as the author. A must read for any SK or gun enthusiast. And for those who are coming from the far right or left. If you can get over yourself and your causes long enough to read this, you may learn something...

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