Following news of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Stephen King sent out a series of tweets about the need for “responsible gun control laws”:
This isn’t the first time the famed writer has spoken out about gun violence. In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, King wrote an essay, “Guns,” which was published as a Kindle single. “Guns” takes a thoughtful, measured look at both sides of the gun debate, which in recent years has become an even more urgent national conversation. King, a gun owner himself, in part addressed his peers:
No one wants to take away your hunting rifles. No one wants to take away your shotguns. No one wants to take away your revolvers, and no one wants to take away your automatic pistols, as long as said pistols hold no more than ten 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.
In a release tied to the publication of “Guns,” King said, “I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about. If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job.”