Horror writer Stephen King is seeking to provoke a discussion on gun control and gun rights following the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in an essay titled ‘Guns’.
On his own, King has produced a lot of violent fiction, and in ‘Guns’ he also talks of the novel ‘Rage’ that he wrote under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1977 about school shootings and then pulled from sale when there were several reports of teenagers who claimed to be inspired by the book who took guns into their schools, killing fellow students and holding others hostage.
In this essay he states that he didn't see that book as a 'cause' of these incidents but that,'I saw ‘Rage’ as a possible accelerant.'
He feels there should be background checks on all gun sales and bans on high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons.
King’s in favor of stricter gun control, specifically with regard to semi-automatic weapons, which, he reasons, have only two purposes: “One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in awhile, yell yeehaw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel. Their other use—their onlyother use—is to kill people.”
Having guns for safety is not the answer according to him. “How many guns does it take to make you feel safe?” he asks “And how do you simultaneously keep them loaded and close at hand, but still out of reach of your inquisitive children or grandchildren?”
'I have nothing against gun owners, sport shooters, or hunters,' King says, but'how many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys? ‘
He has made a lot of serious points but risked the wrath of NRA for sure!