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Stephen King on Guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hnk45acp, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. hnk45acp

    hnk45acp Well-Known Member


    Maybe this should be in activism

    He calls for universal background check, 10 rounders and assault weapons bans.

    There is an interesting part about a short story he wrote in which a kid brings a gun to school and holds his class hostage but he decided to pull the book because, although he doesn't think it would have caused a copycat crime it may have been an "accelerant".

    I know lots of gun owners that are fans of the Dark Tower and his other work. Maybe we should start sending copies back to his publisher in protest
  2. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Yet another anti-American in our midst. I would boycott him but never cared too much for his work to begin with (just not my interest).
  3. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    Yeh, check out his story 'Caine Rose Up' in the anthology Skeleton Crew. He should stick to writing and music ~ I do admire his work.

    (the story deals with a sniper rampage by a college student from his dorm room - quite chilling actually.)
  4. hogshead

    hogshead Well-Known Member

    Like his work not his ideals.
  5. PedalBiker

    PedalBiker Well-Known Member

    Guys like King are just trying to appeal to the masses - they make money off of being popular.

    Elway just pulled a similar stunt.

    My guess is both of them used some kind of poll or adviser before presenting their opinion to the media. They are marketing their image.

    If you give an arson $100 dollars and access to Walmart they can have your house nothing more than smoking rubble in under an hour. It's not like having some king of "dollar" limit on Walmart shopping would impact arson.
  6. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    When I was reading "The Stand", at times I almost thought he was a Libertarian. The fact that he government was making war on its own citizens...some other things as well. Although guns were not a huge part of the book, they did play a part and the main characters thought of them as essential....although some of the guns he described were completely inaccurate....never can judge anyone by the work the produce....just look at all the anti celebrities who make millions directing, producing and acting in films full of guns.

    I wonder how J.R.R. Tolkein would feel....I just finished reading LOTR for the third or fourth time and I absolutely loved this line from Return of the King.

    "those who have no swords can still die upon them"
  7. CookeMonster

    CookeMonster Active Member

    I read quite a bit of King, and from his books I can tell you, he knows NOTHING about guns. I have read several times when he writes things like (in Cell), half of his head was gone from the pistol in his lap containing illegal hollow point dum-dum bullets.
  8. valnar

    valnar Well-Known Member

    It upsets me when otherwise intelligent people are willfully ignorant. 'Been a lot of that going around.
  9. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

    Never cared for his work. I find it ironic that he probably would defend the 1st amendment tooth and nail, but he doesn't care for the 2nd... similar to the media.
  10. 9MMare

    9MMare Well-Known Member

    Some of you might be interested in a book called, "We have to talk about Kevin" which is about a family with a troubled teen that wont face facts and wont do anything about it. It is written after the incident and the teen survives and it's a look back at the years leading up to it.

    It is indeed a mass school shooting....but not with a gun.

    OTOH if you are looking for action you wont find it. They only describe it at the very end. However jailhouse 'interviews' with him throughout the book are interesting. It is fiction but discusses many of the real shootings and shooters that he wished to copycat and top.
  11. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    King said his objective was to contribute to the debate - while I don't agree with his views or conclusions, at least he's trying to reason through the issues. At least he's not knee-jerking about this. I am not a fan of his writing though (style or content).

    Draw your own conclusions, but Tolkien once noted "My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs)—or to 'unconstitutional' Monarchy."

    On the other hand, Tolkien pined for the simpler ways of life and detested the industrialization of the early 20th century. While his political views may have become more libertarian, I think he would have been challenged the idea of our contemporary firearms.
  12. JFrame

    JFrame Well-Known Member

    I liked King's earlier works (e.g., Salem's Lot and The Shining). His works have become progressively more bloated and self-indulgent, and basically not fun to read -- which is just as well, because his decline as a writer has corresponded with his increasing activism as a leftist.

    And, yes, King knows nothing about the guns on which he purports to spout his opinions and prejudices. I can't cite chapter and verse at the moment, but I recall people routinely sliding the safety on their revolvers.

  13. Arbo

    Arbo Well-Known Member

    Who cares what an author says... that he is popular means nothing in terms of the weight of his opinion.
  14. Strange Bob

    Strange Bob Well-Known Member

    If King's sentiments are as he espoused then maybe someone needs to ask him about a ban on horror type literature for the damage done to young minds by it, no grandfather clause ... destroy it all and open the courts to litigation for damages.

    Look, I am not serious but the principles are the same. Not a regulation of ALL literature just the "dangerous" kind.:evil:

    I lived in Bangor, Maine (King's hometown) for a couple of years and this is not the common sentiment in northern Maine, although it is a lot more liberal than most of Texas (my native land). I don't care for his writings.
  15. Tinker

    Tinker Well-Known Member

    The first book of his I read was The Stand.

    Liked it so much I read Pet Cemetery. This one kind of soured me. Dead kid in it.

    The next one I read was called IT. After starting on the first chapter I threw it in the trash....his description of a young'n being seduced/mutilated by that thing in the sewer halted my interest, then and there. Creepy-ass guy with his preoccupation with dead little ones. Haven't missed his work since.

    I seem to recall he has always been fairly anti gun anyway. He earns none of my money.
  16. hq

    hq Well-Known Member

    Stephen King's forte has been intriguingly sick and violent imagination and ability to transfer it to text.

    Reading this text of his leads me to believe that's all he has going for him.
  17. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    He has enough money to be a leftwing elitist.
  18. 9MMare

    9MMare Well-Known Member

    Well he's a very rich man who got that way doing something he loved. And managed to maintain a decent family life as well.

    I wouldnt mind having that 'going for me.'
  19. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    He was pretty messed up in a car on pedestrian accident though.
  20. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    The story is called Rage, and maybe he just forgot that he actually DID publish it...or at least his pseudonym/nom de plume Richard Bachman. I read it on Jr. High. It's a really good story.
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