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5.0 out of 5 stars Gunning for sanity, 29 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Guns (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
What struck me as so astonishing about the points raised in this 25 page essay on guns by bestselling author Stephen King, was not the reasonability of his points but that they needed stating at all. He's not against the Second Amendment, he doesn't want it repealed especially as he owns 3 handguns himself - no, he wants gun control, like millions of other Americans, because he's sick of seeing more and more news stories of yet another maniac loading up on firepower and shooting random innocents because they're miserable and crazy.

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? If you need more than 10, you probably shouldn't have a gun to start with. Thorough background checks and harsh penalties against those who lie to obtain guns - who could be against this, honestly!

That these points are still issues shows just how badly America needs this discussion on gun control, especially as the news becomes morbidly repetitive in its stories of yet another disturbed young man (it always seems to be young men) pushed too far for whatever reason and deciding to check out in the bloodiest way possible. It's good that someone as famous as Stephen King use his celebrity to bring more focus on this important issue, using his writing ability to express clearly and eloquently the matter at hand. Here's hoping reason wins.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 16:55:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2013 16:57:40 BDT
Dr D says:
What?!? So you think that the King/Bachman book "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." Why? It's just a piece of fiction. How on earth can a piece of fiction effect the attitudes of people who read King's books? Why do you think it's such a problem in the US? Might it be because a significant number of people believe they can solve whatever problem they have by the use of lethal force and their gun laws mean they often have the means to do it?

I seem to think some time ago you (under a different name) took great exception to me stating that I thought right wing (crypto-fascist) agenda of Kick Ass 2 (& Mark Millar & Frank Miller in general) would give confidence to people with extreme right wing ideas that they were justified in the beliefs they held. That the deluge of comics, books & particularly movies promoting the idea of "let's solve every problem we're faced with by imposing our will on it through threat of or use of physical force" has had no effect on people's general political beliefs and attitudes over the past few decades... not everybody, but quite a few.

I remember you claimed, quite clearly, that no comic book reader (none at all) would interpret Kick Ass 2 in the way I thought... presumably because you think that every person who would ever read the book thinks in exactly the same way. I think that is just plain wrong, lots of people think lots of different thinks & in lots of different ways.I wasn't suggesting and still am not suggesting banning books like that, but I certainly think people need to be far more educated about what fascism actually is & not just blindly go along with general Hollywood myths that it's all about Nazis & state control. In reality the only common aspects of fascist regimes are a powerful Police & Army & the belief it is legitimate to impose your will with the use of force, everything else varies.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2014 09:00:06 BDT
D. Mcmillan says:
Good review, Sam; well said!

Now, to Dr D: These pages are for REVIEWING OF BOOKS, they do not constitute a debating forum. If you have taken umbrage at someone's comments on your opinions on an entirely different subject, take your argument elsewhere as no-one else on here is interested.
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