Best-selling author and gun owner Stephen King has written a 25-page essay, Guns, that is described at the Amazon site this way:
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.
Please read the Think Progress post “How To Convince The NRA That Assault Weapons, Not The Media, Are Responsible For Gun Massacres” in full, because it includes– What are they called again? Oh yeah– facts. Here’s a rather graphic excerpt:
[The NRA] will deflect attention from guns and propose expanding access to mental health services, stationing guards in schools, and of course clamping down on the media’s glorification of violence. “One only wishes [NRA Executive VIce President and CEO] Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [school shooting] 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 intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal,” King writes. Maybe then they’ll focus less on the make-believe death in media and the very real destruction that open access to military-style weapons can cause.
They’re much too cowardly to ever go to an actual crime scene. That would mean coming face-to face with heart-wrenching, stomach-turning, blood-and-guts reality. Instead, NRA leadership and other extremists live in their own world of make-believe, the one that brings them as much power and money as they can get from lobbying for the gun industry.
Until gun zealots wake up, appalling scenes like the one at Newtown, along with disturbing moments like this, will continue to take place: Dad charged with pointing AK-47 at daughter after arguing over the two B’s she got in school.