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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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My opinion is that Stephen King should have read this audiobook himself. I also agree with everything that he wrote.

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Gun control Argument? Read this.

Where does Guns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Strongly recommends every one reads Stephen King's essay 'Guns' good for both For and Against Gun control. Please give it a go.

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Repeat - Balanced and Reasonable approach

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.

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I agree!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

I don't know as I didn't read the print version.

Any additional comments?

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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A Must-Listen

In spite of the many great novels, novellas, short stories, and essays produced by King over his long career, this short piece of writing is definitely some of his finest. Not kidding -- this is a must-listen!

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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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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.

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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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Common sense is too uncommon

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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.

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  • Virginia Beach, Virginia USA
  • 02-28-13

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.

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