Stephen King Essay on Gun Control

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On Friday, Stephen King released “Guns” an essay on gun controls to address the political debate that has been going on for years. It was a thought provoking essay that began with how King views the media handling a shooting tragedy and the events that unfold afterwards.

As a gun owner himself, King thinks that all political parties involved should come together and try to find a solution that benefits all. King is quick to point out that he doesn’t want our Second Amendment rights to be taken away but to put more restrictions on background checks as well as limitations on ammunition.

King’s opinion on reasonable measures to curb gun violence:

  • Comprehensive and universal background checks. 
  • Ban the sale of clips and magazines containing more than ten rounds. 
  • Ban the sale of assault weapons such as the Bushmaster and AR-15. 

Memorable quotes from the essay:


“They see any any control at all imposed on the sale and possession of firearms as the first move in a sinister plot to disarm the American public and render it defenseless to a government takeover; accidental shooting deaths, they argue, are just part of the price we pay for freedom…and besides, that sort of thing would never happen to me; I’m too cool-headed.”

“One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains and the chunks of intestines still containing the poor wads of half digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last mean.” 

Throughout the essay King made some poignant points. I do think people have the right to bear arms. Yet I can’t understand why the NRA nor gun owners can get behind better laws to protect its citizens.

If America doesn’t wake up and start caring more about protecting its citizens, then we will have more gun tragedies on our hands.

The essay is available at for 99 cents. King’s earnings from the sale of this essay will go the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.


2 thoughts on “Stephen King Essay on Gun Control

  1. My side in all of this is: if the bad guys have them, why can’t we? b/c lets face it, criminals will get guns regardless of whether or not they are legal. (*cough* prohibition? *cough*)

    But i agree that even though guns should be legal, having so many more lethal guns should be banned however. A small less damaging gun does the same work.

    • You are definitely right. The crazies will get the guns if they want it. The ones that seem to be the gun of choice for these killers are the ones with multiple rounds. I’m all for having a gun but why the hell would you need an AK rifle. Those are some serious assault weapons. Hopefully we will be able to come up with a solution that is great for everyone.

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