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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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    Brenda 03-19-13
    Brenda 03-19-13
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    "Clear and concise justification"

    I'm a former great fan of King's early works who became disenchanted with what I considered excess use of gratuitous violence and far too much unnecessary "grossness" which turned me off from his later works. I bought Guns out of curiosity regarding his opinion on the subject, expecting him to take an unrelenting stand against any restrictions on firearms of any kind. Instead, he presents a thoughtful and reasonable position that suggests an accommodating middle ground. Without insulting the beliefs of anyone with an opinion on the subject, he prompts the reader to think rationally. It was gratifying to read an intelligent discussion sans the typical polarizing rants and ridiculously divisive insults so typical of most of what is written about this explosive issue. Than you, Mr. King.

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    betty 02-16-13
    betty 02-16-13
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    "Don't be duped into BUYING this abuse"
    What disappointed you about Guns?

    This was presented as an unbiased opinion on this issue. You pay to be yelled at, called names and abused by this author. I have many of his books in my library and absolutely love most of them. This is not an unbiased discussion.


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

    Yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator did a very good job.


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

    It did have a few good points before he started acting angry about people who disagree with his opinions.


    Any additional comments?

    Why does everyone that has access to the media feel they are an authority on politics. Is there anyone that can have a discussion or express their opinion without getting angry with people who do not share their view?

    97 of 141 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 02-13-13
    Chris 02-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Almost hit the mark"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Christian Rummel?

    Big Stephen King fan.


    Would you recommend Guns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes and No, It tends to reiterate many of the tired old arguments from both sides, bringing both sides towards the middle but not introducing anything new to the debate which is very useful for those of us not paying attention, but for those of us who do, not very stimulating.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The performance of the narrator was very passionate which kept your ear and made the listen very enjoyable.


    Was Guns worth the listening time?

    The short nature of it made it a good listen while I did some quick house chores.


    Any additional comments?

    The author does a good job of bringing the far right/left wings more towards the center, and surprisingly I agree with many of his statements. One thing I was disappointed to see was the failure to address one critical problem with gun laws and the 2nd amendment. The primary reason it was put in place was in reaction to the dismal prospects at the start of the revolutionary war. i.e. a public with inferior weaponry subject to rule by the government because they had no realistic prospects of taking on such a well armed government. How they pulled it off was a miracle really. The 2nd amendment is there to ensure the government fears the people, not the other way around.The authors proposal only makes rational sense if you are willing to forgo that position. If you are willing to subject yourself to a law enforcement that can out-gun you any day of the week. Not a problem when everything works right (which for the most part it does and has but there are notable exceptions) but the alternative, I believe, is the exact reason it was put in the constitution.

    54 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 05-18-13
    Tamara 05-18-13

    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.

    16 of 17 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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    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!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 04-01-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 04-01-13

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Well written but misguided"

    I have to say that objectively, I enjoyed this short listen. And I do respect Stephen King as a fellow gun owner, but I disagree with his politics, as mentioned in the book. I did enjoy how he correctly portrayed the media as ratings-hungry and immorally uncaring.

    5 of 7 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'.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Mobile, AL, United States 02-19-13
    Randy Mobile, AL, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Lost credibility on Chicago murder #s & ban there"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who knows less about gun laws.


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

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    No one


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

    It did give some good information.


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting that you mentioned all the murders in Chicago but neglected to mention the gun ban there.

    41 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 02-16-13
    Brian 02-16-13
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    "Tired and flawed logic"

    This reminds me of the Paul Wellstone funeral back in 2002 which started out as a memorial and turned into a Democratic National Convention. The sound bite you get for free is luring but it quickly turns into a hatchet job on the NRA and freedom loving Americans. I should have known to expect this since it was so prominently advertised. I could have turned on MSNBC and heard Chris Matthews spout this same tired drivel.

    48 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 02-20-13
    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Well Disguised Liberal Agenda"

    I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this essay -- a sober and cogent look
    and gun violence and the media's love affair with it.

    Mr. King's thoughts are particularly interesting given his own "connection" to gun violence with young people and his book Rage.

    Just as I was beginning to think that I was going to continue to receive a thoughtful and balanced conclusion to this essay Mr. King takes a decided left turn and suggests that the answer to this societal ill is to ban the ownership of certain forms of firearms and high capacity magazines.

    How disappointing that this entire essay, which offers such a brilliant personal reflection on the subject of gun violence, ends with the parroting of the standard liberal mantra of banning guns. I was hoping for more.

    47 of 72 people found this review helpful
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  • alex_holmes_367
    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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