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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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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-19-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A Level-headed, Thought-provoking Essay"


    King writes a very persuasive argument that doesn't really steer to either the left or the right. A lot of factual information and hard common sense. He doesn't propose a simple solution, but does put forth realistic steps that could be taken. I can't say I disagree with his ideas or conclusion as it's presented, either. I'm not sure all of his figures are accurate (I'm referring to the Australian solution; not saying it's wrong, but I'd like to see more data studies to prove the correlation), but surely something to this effect needs to be done.

    I think this is just one issue that needs to be addressed, however. This might very well help limit the lone crazed gunman scenarios we've been having, and we definitely do need to do something there. And I know it's another subject, but we also need to do something about the gun-based gang violence in this country, which accounts for a lot of the homicides going on. And none of these proposed solutions are going to affect that problem, unfortunately. We cannot just accept that those are part of our society any more than the lone gunman scenarios are.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 02-18-13
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 02-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Shot In the Dark--Solving the Gun Conundrum"

    Stephen King brings his prodigious intelligence to a difficult task--addressing the growing gun violence in this country. He comes from a place in the middle of a mind-boggling controversy and presents a well thought out solution to this conundrum. It is a must read for anyone who agonizes over protecting our second amendment rights while controlling the proliferation of death-dealing firearms.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 04-15-13
    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Too biased..."
    What disappointed you about Guns?

    Stephen King is imaginative but he babbled on about gun control in an illogical manner.


    Has Guns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What aspect of Christian Rummel’s performance would you have changed?

    I think Christian Rummel was set up for failure having to narrate this dribble. Mr. Rummel added fiery disdain that was enjoyable but the 'script' doomed his performance. I would read something else he narrated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The narration was good...Mr. Rummel could read a gothic novel or thriller and be amazing. I think Mr. King should have had his "editorial" reviewed prior to publishing. It was not organized and fluid and more of a soap box forum that a critic of gun control and legislation.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Sheboygan, WI 03-23-13
    Patricia Sheboygan, WI 03-23-13

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    "Available on the internet for free"

    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 :(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William 03-11-13
    William 03-11-13
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    "Starts with logic, ends with diatribe"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While he started with some wonderfully logical points, the writer broke down and relied only upon some misinformation, miscategorizations, and inaccuracies at the end. Had he stayed the course he could have made a compelling argument for his viewpoints.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    The descent into typical talking points and arguments against the 2nd amendment instead of the same analysis he brought to the first few paragraphs.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    In the beginning there was a coherent and emotionless argument analysed. In the end, an emotional rant without any supporting facts, all opinion.


    What character would you cut from Guns?

    Not applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    The Author should differentiate between facts and fictions and opinions. "Assault Rifle" is a term coined by the media, not an actual description of the weapons used in recent shootings. Also, no "Automatic" weapons were used, nor are any weapons used in these actually military weapons- rather they are simply hunting caliber semi automatic weapons that are modified to LOOK like a military weapon.

    If proponents of gun control would simply admit this portion of the debate ahead of time and stop using inflammatory and pejorative sentences and words designed to frighten readers/listeners genuinely honest debate can ensue about reasonable measures being taken to better equip society in limiting access by the mentally ill to weapons that can be used to harm multiple people in short time frames- which would include chemicals, explosives, and arson tools as well I would imagine, if the debate is to be genuine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cavacini 03-05-13
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    "Excellent Essay"

    Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and I immensely enjoyed this essay. His candor throughout was refreshing, and the narrator did a wonderful job of conveying King's signature delivery. Overall, it's a worthwhile listen on a very important subject. But only open-minded people need apply.

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    Joseph Warren 03-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Entertaining Personal Politics"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is good to hear an opinion expressed this clearly on suck a pivotal issue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he talks about pulling the novel Rage. I also enjoyed the rant about everyone just waiting to speak- not listening- priceless.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How uncompromising we Americans really are.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 02-13-13
    Eric 02-13-13

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    "A pointed and accurate essay, actually quite good!"

    At first I thought I was going to be annoyed, however King came out blazing with both guns so to speak! (no pun intended) He spoke of the ridiculousness of the left and the right. He spoke with undeniable truth, that people on both sides of the issue will deny as they normally do. However it is still truth!

    People on both sides are already bashing him, but not me I commend him for his candor. I would recommend this to anyone on either side of the issue. A great listen with very good reasonable solutions. (and yes I too am a gun owner) (but king is right!) Facts are facts no matter how big of a temper tantrum someone throws! If you don't like what king has to say you are the exact person who needs to hear this!

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    Ellen 02-12-13
    Ellen 02-12-13
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    "Common sense is too uncommon"
    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Stephen King for voicing a true "middle of the road" approach to the gun control argument. Too many people are willing to take an either/or approach, when simple common sense could prevail. I too have one foot (partially) placed in the Red where I was raised, and the other planted in the Blue. I think I shall remain Purple from now on.

    9 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Grangr5 Virginia Beach, Virginia USA 02-28-13
    Grangr5 Virginia Beach, Virginia USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Hoosier transplanted in Virginia Beach who is a fan of good books and travel.

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    "Passionate Yet Balanced Approach to the Subject"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stephen King's assessment of this difficult subject was intelligent and balanced, in spite of his obvious passion on the subject.


    What other book might you compare Guns to and why?

    This 47 minute essay may not change minds, but does ask us to pause and consider. That is what writers do. They ask us to think.


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

    The narrator did a convincing job of reading Stephen King's words, in fact, I did not previously realize that it was not read by the author himself.


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

    Although his position on gun control was evident, and it was clearly written soon after Sandy Hook, his understanding of and empathy for gun owners is obvious. He is a gun owner himself. This is a thoughtful and thought provoking essay.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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