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.
King's earnings from the sale of this essay will go the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
STEPHEN KING is the author of 11/22/63, Under the Dome, Carrie, The Shining and many other bestselling works.
Of course, with such a controversial subject, there are a variety of books that take a contrary view. Guns at Stephen King's Head: A Satire ($0.99), by Sammy Sneeze, takes King's title and uses it as a launchpoint/impetus of the imagined world after massive gun control has been enacted (some seem content to just attack King personally, rather than contribute to the debate). Most reviews are "average", with a few either in the love it/hate it camp.
America has been disarmed.
Thanks in large part to Stephen King's popular essays on gun control, the country has finally banned semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. And everyone is finally safe.
But safety can be as fleeting as liberty, as King learns when the monsters, in an ironic twist, come after him.
Guns at Stephen King's Head is a piece of satire. One that, like the essays it satirizes, is intended to stir debate on an issue that affects everyone.