Guns by Stephen King

As a huge Stephen King fan, Guns was the first Kindle Single I ever bought, way back in May 2013. It’s languished at the back of my Kindle since then, waiting for the right moment, which recently presented itself in the form of a gargantuan passport control queue. More strongly than with most of Uncle Steve’s writing, I could hear this very much in his voice, which helped with the escapism – something perhaps difficult to achieve with so loaded a subject.

Gun control is obviously far less of an issue here in England than it is in America, and it’s easy to slip into a ‘if we can do it, why can’t they?’ naivete. But King makes a good case for the suppression of semi-automatic firearms as a compromise, while explaining for the uninitiated why going further than that is all but guaranteed to fail.

One of the most interesting aspects of Guns is the link drawn between school shootings and King’s Bachman novel Rage. I was unaware of this link beforehand, but it clearly weighs on King’s conscience (although it has had the unintended effect of making me far more interested in reading the now withdrawn-from-print novel).

Overall, I doubt there’s anything there likely to sway anyone with a stake in the debate, but as one man’s opinion it’s an interesting on, and one I’m glad to finally have read.

[Read on 31 May 2016]

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