Guns

Finished Guns by Stephen King.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

You probably already know whether you want to read this, based on your political affiliation and Stephen King’s.  If you’re a conservative, you probably should read it, but you won’t want to.  If you’re a liberal (as I am), it’s probably not necessary to read it because you already agree with it…but it’s still worth the read.

One thing you should know is that Stephen King owns guns.  (Which makes sense, given that he’s incredibly famous and that there are a lot of crazy people in the world.)  He’s not advocating for the government to take everyone’s guns; he’s proposing sensible changes (better background checks and delays; fewer rounds, things like that).

I don’t understand how people can say that guns aren’t at least partially to blame for these tragedies that keep occurring.  Even making people wait a couple days to be able to buy a gun could theoretically be able to put a stop to things.  (It’s easier to do horrible things in the heat of the moment and sometimes even a little time to stop and think is enough.  Obviously that wouldn’t stop all of them, but it certainly would stop a few.)

Recommended.

 

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