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.
This piece frickin’ amazing. King churned this guy out within 48 hours of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. It doesn’t matter what side of the U.S. gun debate you’re on, there is something in here for you.
1. Maybe it’s the ‘attack’ on the modern 72 hour news cycle with tragedies like Sandy Hook.
2. Maybe it’s the reality on what the two purposes of semi-automatic weapons are for…
3. Maybe it’s a comment on the fact our ‘so called culture of violence’ is … NOT a culture of violence (I found that part extraordinarily interesting.)
4. Or maybe it’s what happened in Australia that is a remarkable result of banning some types of assault rifles.
5. Maybe it’s just (the totally awesome) idea that everyone who watches Fox News and MSNBC should be forced to watch the opposite view for a year.
Gun pro or not, this piece is brilliantly written and should be read for everyone.
The only reason I give it 4.5 stars is that I felt it should be a free Kindle single. At first I speculated that King might be on contract to charge something for the works that he produces for the Kindle, later I learned that the proceeds were donated to charity.
All in all. Absolutely brilliant.
For a small taste of King’s opinion writing on something not so controversial see the piece that he wrote in the Boston Globe after the Red Sox won the World Series last week: Every Little Thing Turned Out All Right.