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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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    Daniel E. Jacobs Mt. Holly NC USA 03-15-13
    Daniel E. Jacobs Mt. Holly NC USA 03-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    What made the experience of listening to Guns the most enjoyable?

    Putting in his own words what people have been trying to say about this debate for some time, as well as offering so of the same answers that seem to be the most reasonable one out there. Speaking as a gun owner brought up by in a family of them who father was in vet I have respect for them but I know what they are for and they are not for. They aren't toys that aren't tools they are for killing. when you Hunt you kill something, King reminds us what guns are for, and what we should be thinking about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guns?

    "those who stand firmly, even hysterically, against any kind of control love their neighbors and their communities, but harbor a distrust of the federal government so deep it borders on paranoia (and in some case passes that border without so much as a howdy-do at the check point)" and "If Lanza had been reloading after shooting his way in, she migh have succeeeded. He was crazy, but he was also a scrawny wisp of a kid, the bushmaster was his equalizer, he had plenty of ammo left, so he shot and killed Hocksprung before she could get to him. I wish with all my heart that she had tackled him and beat that crazy little *beep* head bloody against the floor, and gotten a medal from the president on national tv. she was too brave to die the way she did"


    Any additional comments?

    This adds a voice to the debate that is well thought out and well done

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Villas, N. J., United States 03-11-13
    Bruce Villas, N. J., United States 03-11-13
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    "Surprised NRA member"
    What did you love best about Guns?

    It was a surprise how "fair" Stephan King is in "GUNS". Although I do not agree with all he says, he is sympathic with gun owners.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Christian was very believeable and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I would reccommend it to gun owners as well as non owners.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 04-24-13
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

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    "A Balanced and Reasonable Argument"

    Not what you would expect, given the source. It's actually the most balanced and reasonable argument I've heard amidst the current fervor. Direct, but not preachy. Definitely worth 45 minutes and whatever the token cost.

    3 of 3 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Mount Nasura, Australia 05-18-13
    Tamara Mount Nasura, Australia 05-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Thrillers, Children's' fiction, Shakespeare...good Narrators "make or break" for me though. Love sharing a listen with my 10 year daughter!

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    "No Bull! Just the facts. A breath of sanity."

    This is just brilliant . An antidote to the: "You tube fodder" that the next Gen. seems to thrive on. (My kids included.)

    If you have an opinion on gun ownership; listen to it.
    If you hate guns; listen to it.
    If you love guns; listen to it.

    And hey ... it will only take 60 minutes of your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    salt lake joan salt lake city 05-15-13
    salt lake joan salt lake city 05-15-13 Member Since 2008

    happy cook

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    "Good for you, Stephen King"

    After reading King's memoir on writing, I thought I would give this a try and it was fantastic. What a bright, articulate man he is and so enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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?

    no


    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Wahroonga, Australia 04-11-13
    Kate Wahroonga, Australia 04-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"
    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 2 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
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-10-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008

    caffeinated

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    "Important words"

    Everyone in this country needs to read or listen to this essay. Whether they agree or not, it's so full of information and reason that it forms a necessary jumping off point for debate and communal understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim Vaughan
    Malvern, UK
    2/25/13
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    "Sane suggestions, but quite a rant"

    Stephen King makes some excellent reasoned arguments for a way forward in the "gun control debate". In brief: controlling automatic weapons, only allowing public possession of 10 rounds, and background checks.



    He also examines the mind set of some of the perpetrators - who had often been bullied, or else 'woke up' in disbelief and shock at what they were doing, and the book opens with a minute by minute account of a typical "event".



    However, it's an angry essay, which descends at times into a rant of name calling. King openly discloses how some school shootings had copied details from his own published book "Rage", and while he claims to have no regrets over writing the book (which he withdrew from sale), I wondered if some guilt was fuelling his own rage at these atrocities.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    3/29/13
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    "Guns, guns, guns ..."

    As a European, I find it incomprehensible as to how the American public can justify allowing weapons to be a part of public life - but they do. Stephen King's take on the topic is honest and interesting. As a gun-owning liberal he manages to see beyond the hyperbole both sides of the battle hurl at each other, while grasping the reality of living in a society which is already drowning in more firearms than any army should ever need. An excellent and thought-provoking listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Planet Earth
    7/28/13
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    "Almost a full-on rant"

    This short audiobook is Stephen King's take on gun culture in the USA.

    At times it almost seems like a rant but as you listen you realise that a lot of what he says just happens to be the truth.

    The reading is very good and although a difficult (delicate) subject Mr. King handles it really well.

    Add to that it's a snip of a price then what do you have to lose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    7/21/13
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    "Very interesting and surprisingly balanced"

    King created a narrative of how he feels about guns, and how he feels about media and guns, and how these two interact in negative (or neutral, or complicated) ways. It was definitely worth the money, and the time. It's short, but I really felt he expressed some of the anti-gun (and pro-gun) arguments in such a way that I appreciated some of the complexity of America's gun culture, which as an outsider had previously looked incomprehensible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alessandro
    Torpoint, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
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    "Fresh"

    A fresh perspective on the subject of guns in the USA.

    As ever this has been written with such craft that even an essay on this emotive subject simply captivates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Newtonhill, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Understanding the dilemma"

    It is easy for some of us in the UK to laugh at the madness of 'gun control' in the US, but the situation did not develop over night and King tries to provide some sober insight into the problem. He is a gun owner in a gun owning society that tends to see its constitution as giving them a right to have any weaponry they desire. The country has developed its own neighbourly arms' race! Here in the UK, we can be made afraid thinking about bad people with guns, but, on the whole, prefer to try to remove their guns. In the US, they have bad people with guns AND good people with guns, and like the pigs and humans in 'Animal Farm', it is getting impossible to tell the two apart. King argues for a slow and steady retreat. Good luck to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    4/10/13
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    "Worth a listen"

    Not that anyone outside America would need convincing that guns kill people, but this piece is still worth a listen. With his approachable, easy style, King makes a few interesting points about the 'culture of violence' the media loves to talk about, and stands behind what president Obama is trying to achieve, without sounding unreasonable (although again- to people who live in countries with decent gun control, the propositions made in the US on how to curb gun violence might seem very mild). A great short listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Crowborough, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "An honest essay"

    Stephen King uses the full strength of his mastery of the English language, and his surprisingly extensive knowledge of all facets of the gun control debate , to give a very honest overview of the real issues facing governments and policy makers regarding guns. What King has to say about guns is probably not what you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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