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    Add Stephen King to the list of those in favor of banning assault rifles...



    Stephen King risks wrath of NRA by releasing pro-gun control essay

    Bestselling author and gun owner says 'autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction' in 25-page work for Kindle

    has entranced millions with tales of dread but his latest volume will read like a horror only to the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates. The best-selling author made an unexpected charge into the national debate on gun violence on Friday with a passionate, angry essay pleading for reform.

    King, who owns three handguns, aimed the expletive-peppered polemic at fellow gun-owners, calling on them to support a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school which left 20 children and six adults dead.

    "Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction. When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use," King wrote.

    He said blanket opposition to gun control was less about defending the second amendment of the US constitution than "a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage". He added: "If that's the case, let me suggest that '**** you, Jack, I'm okay' is not a tenable position, morally speaking."

    King finished the 25-page essay, Guns, last Friday and wanted it published as soon as possible, given the Obama administration's looming battle with the National Rifle Association and its allies. It was published on Friday on Amazon's online Kindle store, price 99 cents.

    The novelist, who has sold more than 350 million books, last year issued a call for the rich, such as himself, to pay more tax. In his latest foray into politics, he acknowledges his liberal inclinations but stresses that he is an unapologetic gun-owner with at least half a foot in the conservative camp of the US divide.

    In folksy, salty prose which blends policy prescription with dark humour, King alternately cajoles, praises and insults gun advocates in what appears to be a genuine pitch to change their minds. King kept Barack Obama out of it.

    "Here's how it shakes out," the essay begins, before describing 22 ritual steps in which the US experiences a school massacre. Excoriating the media and television voyeurism, he writes: "Sixteenth, what cable news does best now begins, and will continue for the next seventy-two hours: the slow and luxurious licking of tears from the faces of the bereaved."

    King recalls that the fictional schoolboy killer in his 1977 novel Rage, which was published under a pen name, Richard Bachman, resonated with several boys who subsequently rampaged at their own schools. One, Barry Loukaitis, shot dead a teacher and two students in Moses Lake, Washington in 1996, then quoted a line from the novel: "This sure beats algebra, doesn't it?"

    King said he did not apologise for writing Rage – "no, sir, no ma'am" – because it told the truth about high-school alienation and spoke to troubled adolescents who "were already broken". However, he said, he ordered his publisher to withdraw the book because it had proved dangerous. He was not obliged to do so by law – it was protected by the first amendment – but it was the right thing to do. Gun advocates should do the same, he argued.

    The idea that US gun rampages stem from a culture of violence was a "self-serving lie promulgated by fundamentalist religious types and America's propaganda-savvy gun-pimps", he wrote. In reality the US had a "Kardashian culture" which preferred to read and watch comedies, romances and super-heroes, rather than stories involving gun violence.

    Much of the opposition to gun control stemmed from paranoia about the federal government, King argued. "These guys and gals actually believe that dictatorship will follow disarmament, with tanks in the streets of Topeka."

    He assured gun owners that no one wanted to take away their hunting rifles, shotguns or pistols, as long as they held no more than 10 rounds. "If you can't kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013...say-amazon-nra

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    Thought he would be more in favor of banning mini vans

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    Quote Originally Posted by seansloan View Post
    Thought he would be more in favor of banning mini vans
    That cracked me up. Did you ever see this story? He exacted his revenge! (Plus, the driver of the van died about a year later). Nobody ****s with Stephen King!

    Horror Writer Stephen King Buys Mini-van That Hit Him


    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...-king-mini-van

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    **** Maine and its hack author who hasnt done anything good since Salems Lot. There needs to be a cap limit on kings writing; it takes him 500 pages of crap to even start getting to the point. He wants a 10 roundmag cap. I want a 200 page cap onhis convoluted new england drawn out piffle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cbear View Post
    **** Maine and its hack author who hasnt done anything good since Salems Lot. There needs to be a cap limit on kings writing; it takes him 500 pages of crap to even start getting to the point. He wants a 10 roundmag cap. I want a 200 page cap onhis convoluted new england drawn out piffle.
    Oh stop being a Koontz!

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    Give the antigun douches their 10 round limit and be done with it already. Of course its stupid. Their whole argument is stupid. They didn't care until white kids shot white people. Now they feel threatened, even though id venture to guess they have a better chance of being eaten by a shark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cbear View Post
    **** moonbats and its hack author who hasnt done anything good since Salems Lot. There needs to be a cap limit on kings writing; it takes him 500 pages of crap to even start getting to the point. He wants a 10 roundmag cap. I want a 200 page cap onhis convoluted new england drawn out piffle.
    Fixed for you..

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    Btw cbear kings the done was great, just a terrible ending

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    I would turn in my pea shooter and slingshot...

    Missile launcher shows up at Seattle gun buyback


    http://www.twincities.com/national/c...le-gun-buyback

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    The Man puts the hammer down on a 5 year old who made a gun out of legos. http://now.msn.com/lego-gun-may-get-...ed-from-school

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