Stephen King Releases New Kindle Single, ‘Guns’
Stephen King is probably most well-known for his long career writing novels, mostly horror. Well, as a private citizen who owns three handguns, he’s just published his first Kindle Single, simply entitled Guns. As the Guardian so succinctly put it, his latest work “will read like a horror only to the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates.” King’s polemic, sprinkled with expletives, is a call for fellow gun owners to support the ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings in December.
"Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction. When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use," King wrote. He said blanket opposition to gun control was less about defending the second amendment of the US constitution than "a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage". He added: "If that's the case, let me suggest that 'fuck you, Jack, I'm okay' is not a tenable position, morally speaking."
The language is salty, sure, but he makes good points. He says the idea that shootings in the U.S. stem from a “culture of violence” is a lie, and the reality is the U.S. has a “Kardashian culture” more apt to watch or read comedies, superheroes and romances instead of violent stories with guns. I particularly liked the comment about paranoia about the federal government: “These guys and gals actually believe that dictatorship will follow disarmament, with tanks in the streets of Topeka.” But it's what he has to say about taking anyone’s hunting rifles, shotguns or pistols away, as long as they don’t hold more than 10 rounds, that made me laugh.
"If you can’t kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range." The mockery continued when he noted semi-automatics had only two purposes: to kill people, and to let their owners go to a shooting range, "yell yeehaw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel".
This isn’t the first time the author’s stuck his oar in, having loudly proclaimed last year that people like himself should be paying more taxes. It’s not likely to be the last. He’s made some good points, but no doubt he’s just upset the gun lobby — more. After publication, he also commented “If this helps provoke constructive debate,” he said, “I’ve done my job.”
King only finished the essay on the 18th, and wanted it to be published as soon as possible, so it was published on Amazon the same day for just 99¢ (now $1.57). I just wonder if he’s preaching to the converted.
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