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)
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.
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.
If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.
An essay both reasonable and passionate on gun violence. This piece illustrates the kind of conversation I WISH I could have with my friends on the Left AND Right. I write this the day after a news reporter, cameraman, and interviewee were shot on live television in Virginia. Two died at the scene - the audience witnessed their last moments on earth, could hear their screams. The camera caught the shooter as he walked towards his victims to finish the job. My friends on the Right call for yet more guns & liberties, my friends on the Left call for no guns at all. This impasse and inertia will allow more massacres like the one we experienced yesterday to occur, like those that have occurred nearly every day this year. Every. Day. Sometimes more than one. So common, in fact, that most don't make national news. There is a great swathe of ground in the middle of this issue that simply isn't being explored and it MUST BE. Because until we all meet in this centrist no-man's land, the killings will continue to become more horrifying and more frequent.
If you are looking for the next thriller from probably the most prodigious and skilled master of the creeps, then this isn't it! This isn't a story, but an essay; a well-thought out and insightful discourse on the plague of mass murder by gun violence in America, and the inadequate way that American society deals with it.
Narrator Rummel keeps the listener riveted as he brings King's words to life. And King's common sense and incising words cut through the usual crap one reads on the subject.
Download and listen if you want a fresh perspective on this issue, but don't expect a horror story; THIS horror is for real!
Strongly recommends every one reads Stephen King's essay 'Guns' good for both For and Against Gun control. Please give it a go.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I can only echo what someone else said. This is a balanced and reasonable approach on the topic of guns in the US. It is thought provoking.
I don't know as I didn't read the print version.
Well, I have to say that I agree with him. Outlawing all guns isn't going to solve the problem. But, perhaps outlawing the ones that are solely for the purpose of slaughtering (not game hunting) might make a difference and stricter requirements to purchase guns and better background checks might make it better. Putting all of these things into effect couldn't do anything but make a difference to the better. Although some might say "a little too little and a little too late", but in some things a little a little late is better than nothing ever. Maybe taking these steps will save some of our grand kids and great grand kids from the horrors that we are seeing today.
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