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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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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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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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Lauri
  • new albany, IN, United States
  • 04-17-13

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!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Grant
  • NANTUCKET, MA, United States
  • 03-10-13

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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Weaverville, NC, United States
  • 04-24-13

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.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Gene
  • SANDY HOOK, CT, United States
  • 03-18-13

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

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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Stephen King For President 2020 Elections. 🎉🌈

Stephen King makes a lot more sense than any other people I've heard on this subject. He's very intelligent and I think he could really does understand the everyday American man. our current president, Donald Trump is living in his millionaire fantasy world. Stephen King understands our political situation and has some pretty damn good Solutions. 🎉🐕🤗🌮🌯🤹‍♂️

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent analysis of situation

What did you love best about Guns?

Very even handed, shooting down extremes and sillyness on both sides of the issue. Highly recommended reading.

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  • Jim Vaughan
  • 02-25-13

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.



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  • M
  • 03-29-13

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.

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  • JB
  • 01-28-17

Powerful message

This essay should be mandatory in all schools across the globe. Stephen King tries hard to atone for his publication of Rage, not apologise but atone.
Well worth a read. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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  • Rebecca Bradley
  • 10-23-16

A topical read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A very topical audiobook. Short, but as with Stephen King, you don't need to drag things out. He tells you how it is, in his view and it's a realistic balanced view. He doesn't mince his words and it's a subject that is at times difficult to listen to. But, if you're prepared to listen to it, then you'll likely know more than before you started.

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  • Iron bru
  • 10-19-16

Worth a listen

certainly put things in perspective as an English man looking in on the gun nuts!

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  • Louis
  • 08-18-16

Guns, S. King

Left me speechless. Superbly argued by King and passionately read. It should be compulsory listening to all NRA members.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-17-16

Well thought out.

Well thought out reasoning to the slaughter in the USA. How the gun culture will change is anyone's guess.

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  • Susan
  • 03-14-16

Guns by Steve King

Just another reason to love SK. The fact he packs heat and still offers a coherent argument ... Come on folks sort it out for fs.

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  • Miss
  • 09-23-15

One sane American

Stephen King writes some amazing stories; they're brilliantly executed, he creates a wonderful interwoven universe where fans can delight in discovering the hidden character and locale connections and he imagines the most vulgar, disgusting, cruel, and nightmare inducing horror imaginable. BUT, in this essay he manages to be the ambassador for all that is sane regarding gun laws in the US. He is a human contradiction to the repeated excuse that media violence causes insanity amongst the people who shoot others. In this essay he uses his fame to good avail, making clear, rational points and offering some fresh perspective from someone who has at one point likely been branded a weirdo by those who believe that America's 'Culture of Violence' is the cause of killings. A very interesting piece worthy of your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-13

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.