Guns by Stephen King
Guns by Stephen King is not a novel. It is not a short-story. It is an “essay”. More than anything, it is an “opinion piece”. So I wasn’t sure whether I was going to review this or not, but something kept telling me, yes, so….
First, I live in Canada, and although we don’t have quite the same problem as the U.S. with gun violence, any shooting is too much. That, and since our two great nations are joined at the hip, some U.S. problems spill into my beloved country.
In this piece, King is not calling for an all out ban on guns. He is calling out for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, which serve no purpose unless you are at war. He is also calling for other gun control measures, such as comprehensive background checks. He owns guns, but not semis. He lambastes the NRA and the media. He spoke about the Sandy Hook shootings, Columbine, and others. He spoke about why he pulled his early novel “Rage” from publication. Rage told the tale of young Charlie Decker, who had a very domineering father, lots of adolescent anxiety, and hated the most popular boy in school. One day Charlie took a gun to school, and after killing a teacher, took his class hostage. It was a story. However, a couple of real-life kids, claimed that the book is why they brought their gun to school and shot people. That was enough for King. Even though he is aware that these boys had problems before reading his book, it was enough. He pulled the book.
Everyone is going to have their own opinion on this matter. Mine closely matches Stephen King’s….but I would probably take it further. Why do you own 3 handguns Mr. King?
Favorite Quotes from Guns:
“Guys, gals, now hear this: No one wants to take away your hunting rifles. No one wants to take away your shotguns. No one wants to take away your revolvers, and no one wants to take away your automatic pistols, as long as said pistols hold no more than ten rounds. 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.”
“Yet I did see Rage as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale. You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.”
Read: September 2016