Saw another picture going around social media sites.
I have confirmed that Stephen actually did say this. It was from his essay “Guns” where he gives his opinion on the subject. For arguments sake, I’m going to assume that Mr. King, who is obviously uneducated on the subject, is talking about these.
So let’s deconstruct what that statement is;
Semi automatics have only two purposes. One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in a while, yell “Yeehaw,” and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel.
Well, considering my post the other day, it is interesting to find out that Mr. King is sexually and emotionally retarded. (Remember Sigmund Freud?) The sexual connotation of guns has been studied and sadly for him, Mr. King is wrong. Shame, he’s a really good author. From my own personal experience, in the many times that I have gone shooting, I have never once been aroused by it.
Their other use – their only other use – is to kill people.
Disregarding all of the competition that is out there that involves these weapons, this is the best weapon for home defense. Don’t believe me? Fine. The Department of Homeland Security seems to think so though.
DHS said the “select-fire” weapons are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The weapons sought by the DHS would be capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire and would be equipped with high-capacity 30-round magazines, the same type some want to see banned for use by civilians.
Wait, personal defense use in close quarters, like in my home? 30-round magazines?Full-Auto? So the best weapon for home defense, isn’t readily available to the general public. Nice to know. (If you want, ask me how ridiculously difficult and expensive it is to get a full auto firearm.)
“Now the Department of Homeland Security even agrees that these modern sporting firearms, made illegal by Governor Cuomo, are suitable for self defense.”
Yep, apparently so. So the Department of Homeland Security has made Stephen King out to be a moron when it comes to firearms. Of course if you really wanted to, you could follow Joe Biden’s advice when it comes to home defense.
On February 19 Biden – then promoting a package of gun control proposals that included a ban on assault-style rifles – said he had advised his wife, “if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”
At the time, two Delaware attorneys, including a former Delaware deputy attorney general, told U.S. News the advice could result in felony and misdemeanor charges, including aggravated menacing, reckless endangering in the first degree, and charges for shooting too close to roads and homes.
Oh, illegal? Felony? Yeah, maybe not the best idea after all. Especially since there are now two or three people in jail for following this bad advice, and subsequently breaking the law. Instead of trusting a politician, or an actor, or an author of horror stories who has an opinion that he presents as fact, but is factually inaccurate, I’ll listen to an expert in the field of self defense; John S. Farnam. You wouldn’t let the guy behind the bar at your local Chili’s give you a medical exam. So why would you listen to gun advice from someone who has absolutely no experience in the field? If Stephen King wants to give me advice on how to write a horror story, I should listen. He’s good at writing horror stories. If Stephen King wants to give me advice on guns, I should ignore him, because he is not an expert in the field, and is actually an idiot when it comes to the subject.
So what other quotes has King said in regards to guns?
“Guys, gals, now hear this: 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.”
Ok, two parts to this one. First part. My hunting rifle is absolutely on the list of guns that people don’t want me to have. Both of my hunting rifles actually. With one I hunt white tail deer, and with the other I hunt feral hogs. My deer rifle, has an adjustable stock, pistol grip, removable magazine, and heavy barrel. My hog rifle has an adjustable stock, pistol grip, removable magazine, and heavy barrel. One is semi automatic, one is bolt action. Part two is the magazine limit. If that is the case, why don’t we limit the police to 10 round magazines? After all, if they can’t subdue a criminal with ten shots, they need to go back to training, according to Mr. King. What if there is more than one attacker? Is there some magical, mystical barrier that says that only one intruder can enter my home at a time?
“How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?”
Well, the first thing that you need to understand, is that guns are not toys. They are tools. A Playstation is a toy. Legos are a toys. HotWheels cars are toys. Guns are tools, that are capable of creating large amounts of damage if used carelessly, like power tools, or vehicles.
“The assertion that Americans love violence and bathe in it daily is a self-serving lie promulgated by fundamentalist religious types and America’s propaganda-savvy gun-pimps. It’s believed by people who don’t read novels, play video games, or go to many movies”
Don’t read novels, play video games, or go to many movies… Implying that gun owners are drunken toothless rednecks. But let’s think about that? Mr. King writes horror novels, which are violent. The most popular video games are First Person Shooters, which are violent. And have you seen an action movie in the past year? It’s not like there aren’t a ton to choose from. The assertion that Americans love violence and bathe in it daily, is not a justification for guns. It is a justification for banning them. You might be surprised that there are a ton of gun owners who are anything but drunken toothless rednecks. Lawyers, engineers, teachers and so on.
“One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these 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.”
Here’s a thought. Ask those people how it could have been prevented. Have a cop there? Sure. Take away the tazer, the gun, the handcuffs and the badge, and a cop is just a person. It’s not the cop that is the deterrent that prevents tragedy. It is the fact that the cop has a gun. A responsible person with a gun. You know, like those people who have a license to carry concealed.
The moral of the story? Don’t listen to people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about. Sorry Stephen, when it comes to guns, you are a blathering idiot. Stick to writing fiction. Facts do not seem to be your strong suit.