GUNS by Stephen King. A passionate call to end America's real horror

Stephen King is a horror master, as we know. Did you know he is capable of writing non-fiction with the same passion?

How many times can we write the same story? Just after the Dec. 14th, 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting the best-selling author Stephen King has released a passionate call for greater gun control, titled “Guns.”

A very short, 8,000-word essay is an easy read. King lays out series of common sense arguments that are hard to contest. We must end the unique, unnecessary gun violence facing the United States. King recognizes there's an unmistakable middle-ground much of this polarized nation is failing to reach. I still hope one day it can.

Determined and at times profane, the text confronts NRA members straight on: “In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings,” King writes, “gun advocates have to ask themselves if their zeal to protect even the outer limits of gun ownership have anything to do with preserving the Second Amendment as a whole, or if it’s just a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage.”

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​The author's bitter recitation of the way school shootings are commonly reported in the news and the way politicians and lobbyists respond without, ultimately, disturbing the status quo ends with:

“21. Any bills to change existing gun laws, including those that make it possible for almost anyone in America to purchase a high-capacity assault weapon, quietly disappear into the legislative swamp.

“22. It happens again and the whole thing starts over.”

Stephen King concluded his essay published on January 25, 2013 and as accurate today as it was then, with what he calls “a trio of reasonable measures to curb gun violence”:

1. Comprehensive and universal background checks.

2. Ban the sale of clips and magazines containing more than ten rounds.

3. Ban the sale of assault weapons such as the Bushmaster and the AR-15.

Out of literally hundreds of links to articles discussing online the Stephen King's "GUNS", the one written by the author himself and published by Guardian is the second best thing to buying and reading the original .

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I agree with King on the need for better gun control. What I am truly tired of though is celebrities like King not owning the overall "culture of the gun" they have helped create and perpetuate for profit. I read all of his Gunslinger books when I was younger. King and those like him need to step out and take a stance on something they have immediate control over, their own product. Stop glorifying the way of the gun. Put your money where your mouth is King. Stop making money off of the idea that guns are a cool way to solve problems and selling that to teenage boys. Regulation is only one part of the problem. The media is another.