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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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    Tim United States 02-25-13
    Tim United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Shame on Audible"

    For anyone that knows me, they know that Stephen King is my favorite writer and I've read all of his books, but "Guns" is just another rant from a celebrity. There is no breakthrough new ideas on the gun issue that other pundits voice their opinion before. Just because it's Stephen King, this essay is getting good reviews. It's too bad that Audible is trying to make a buck out of 49 minutes from one author opinion on guns. Audible could had given this one away, but they didn't, even though its an Audible, Inc. production. Shame on Audible.

    35 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Conroe Texas 77303 02-20-13
    Rick Conroe Texas 77303 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a piece of crap!!!!"
    What would have made Guns better?

    The truth with facts would have made this book better.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been honest and factual and not misleading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Narrator was decent.


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

    There was nothing good about this book but the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is written by another famous person who has limited knowledge about what he is talking about. He is misleading and not factual. He can not be this stupid so I'm assuming that he is misleading on purpose. He really needs to review what the second admendment is really about. Also he keeps saying the are trying to ban auto and semi auto guns. This not true at all. Automatic firearms have been banned since the mid 80's. Also he states that the teacher in her reference could have possible not been shot if the shooter would have had a 10 round magazine instead of a 30 round because it would have taken some time to reload, this is misleading. You can drop empty mag and pop new one in, in less than 3 seconds. He also speaks of how great Australia is since they have banned guns. What he forgets to tell you how violent crimes have dramatically risen. Also he states that these guns are not used to hunt. This also is not true. Seven of the 10 guys I hunt with use AR's to hunt with. You don't unload a full mag on a deer. I was very disappointed with his ingnorance because I do enjoy his books. Just another liberal agenda.

    29 of 45 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.

    16 of 18 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".

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 02-14-13 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "The Facts"

    King uses his talents at storytelling and facts to make his suggestions. He makes some good points, all of which you have heard before, only he does use several facts that back up his statements. King is a liberal and a gun owner. I am a conservative and not a gun owner for those who like to paint everyone with a wide brush.

    Chances are he is not going to change anybody's mind in this divided country, but I appreciate the try and it was entertaining on top of everything else.

    The narrator was excellent and added to the understanding of the essay.

    39 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 06-04-15
    Jon 06-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly uninformed on the issue"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was surprised to hear of Stephen Kings publication of "Rage" and then to find that it had some influence in multiple shootings afterward. I applaud him for pulling it from publication because of this.


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

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    Was Guns worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    First, I should say I am a centrist, one of the meager minority in our country according to King, and I would advocate for some forms of gun control myself, though King doesn't include many ideas that might actually help our gun problems, with the exception of background checks. In summary, he advocates limiting magazine capacity to 10, banning assault weapons, and comprehensive background checks. The background check is a no brainer, and no thoughtful person can make a case against that one. However, the term 'assault weapon' doesn't have a specific meaning. People include such things as flash suppressors and barrel shrouds, pistol grips, collapsable stocks, etc. None of these will have any effect on casualties in a mass shooting situation. The Clinton gun ban was also vague in it's definition, stating: "In general, assault weapons are semiautomatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use." Before we proclaim that we should 'ban assault weapons' we need to clearly define what that means. For most people it is a catchy term and sounds like something that should be banned, and it seems King is in that group. Next, limiting magazine capacities to 10. He presents no evidence at all that this ban will be effective. What is the point of banning something (relinquishing our freedom) if it won't have any effect. First, there are literally millions upon millions of magazines already existing in the US. Is the government going to grandfather them, or confiscate them? If they confiscate them, do we actually think the criminals will hand theirs over? Or that they won't be able to smuggle new ones in? Outlawing drugs has been real effective at keeping those off the streets... Also, in the age of 3D printers, a magazine is simply a piece of plastic and a spring that holds bullets. You could very easily print your own. Finally, he claims that the australia gun laws have been a success. In fact, the conclusions drawn by the vast majority of people looking at the issue, including snopes and factcheck, 15+ years after the ban went into effect, that there is no measurable difference in murders or gun violence. Great Britain's statistics after it's gun ban are similar. Oh, and one more thing, if you'll pardon the rant. He asserts that nobody wants to take your revolver, your hunting rifle, your sporting guns, etc, and seems to think that anybody who thinks otherwise is a crazy, paranoid idiot. I beg to differ. They tried to ban guns in Chicago and Washington DC, and that included all of them. When it finally went to the Supreme court, in spite of the fact that we have a second amendment and the court is supposed to uphold the constitution, these banning laws were voted unconstitutional by a vote of 5-4. That's right, if one of those 5 justices had voted the other way, then guns would be banned in 2 cities, and the precedent would have been set that politicians had the power to ban guns in defined areas. Are we honestly to believe that it would have remained only in Chicago and DC? No, I assert very strongly that we, pardon the pun, dodged a bullet on that supreme court decision, and that there are plenty of people out there who would love to take away our guns...and will continue to try.

    2 of 3 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.

    8 of 10 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 Member Since 2016
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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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    Jennifer Quijano 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen"

    Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Love the writting style and I think the narrorator did a good job. tons of interesting facts and information provided in this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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