- Audio CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (23 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480522813
- ISBN-13: 978-1480522817
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,467,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Guns Audio CD – Audiobook, 23 Apr 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
King wrote a novel as a teenager about a kid who goes into a school with a gun, then rewrote it years later and published it under the pseudonym Richard Bachman as "Rage". Unfortunately, as King points out, the novel became a touchstone for some gun toting lunatics who went on to kill others in schools and he ended up withdrawing it from publication. To him it was the responsible thing to do.
After detailing the most recent atrocities of gun violence in America - specifically Sandy Hook and Aurora - he reaches the crux of the essay which is that assault weapons should be banned, clips should be limited to 10 bullets, and background checks be made more thorough. Very reasonable - and amazing that anyone would oppose this!
What is the use of an automatic assault rifle? Hunters readily admit that if you shot game with it they'd be inedible making the whole point of hunting in the first place pointless. What, you're going to defend your home with an automatic weapon?! It doesn't make any sense that such military grade weaponry should be made readily available to members of the public. And limiting clips to 10 bullets? How many do you need to take out the imaginary burglar just itching to get into your place?Read more ›
My only regret is that he did not address Charlton Heston's analysis after Columbine - that, because the shooters smuggled their guns into school under their trenchcoats, the massacre would never have happened if the school had banned trenchcoats. Countering such moronic arguments might seem like shooting fish in a barrel. But these fish need shooting (an inappropriate metaphor, I confess), and King does an excellent job of it.
This is his opinion that will not find favour with many Americans (he emphasises the right-wing element and the NRA) but much of what he says has substance based on case-studies, other countries' stances, and statistics (yes, I know they may be abused), and his final plea is that gun owners (recreational or for protection) should consider the proposals and, if agreeable, support what seem to me to be sensible measures for change. I bought this for information to get a picture of the American scene more accurately than that delivered by the British media. Most enlightening that no doubt will add controversy to a thought-provoking and major problem.
It's a shame little or none of the pleas implicit within his enormously satisfying (not to mention accessible) text will ever be heeded - and King knows this - just as he knows the right will never change its stance on the issues the text is addressing.
It says a lot though about the nature of the man (a gun-owner himself), that he chose to make such a heartfelt call to (down) arms. I, for one, applaud his decision, and also his approach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Growing up as a Stephen King fan, Rage was always my favourite of his books. It seemed to tap in perfectly to the tension and claustrophobia of being a teenager in high... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Dodds
I bought this book on Audible . It only took 45 minutes to listen to. It’s not a long read.
It is a hard-hitting read, though. King pulls no punches. Read more
I've been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, but this is (other than 'On Writing') one if his only pieces of nonfiction I have read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tim
Interesting short read. Excellent insights into guns in America. A reasonably straight argument with ideas on the control of guns in the USA ...Published 7 months ago by Glen Newstead
I fully understand the author's sentiments, but a lot of what he has said is quite obvious to anyone who has really thought about the problem. Read morePublished 11 months ago by terence wainwright
Totally boring crappy tale of a typical American trying to justify their horrendous history of their gun violence .
Mr King must have been very well paid for this garbage ...
OK, I know what you're thinking. "This guy doesn't know what he's talking about. He isn't even American". Read morePublished 16 months ago by N. Haydock