Popular novelist Stephen King released a 99-cent essay titled “Guns” through Amazon on Friday, calling for greater gun control.
The renowned fiction writer, who has produced many books filled with violence, claims that politicians usually make grand plans to edit gun laws but end up introducing bills that do little but maintain the status quo before they “quietly disappear into the legislative swamp,” the Washington Post reports
In his essay available through Amazon's Kindle Store, King says he has nothing against gun owners, buts poses a question for them.
“Gun advocates have to ask themselves if their zeal to protect even the outer limits of gun ownership have anything to do with preserving the Second Amendment as a whole, or if it’s just a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage,” he writes.
“How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys? Do the murders have to be in the mall where you shop? In your own neighborhood? In your own family?”
King proposes what he calls "three reasonable measures" to help control gun violence: comprehensive and universal background checks, a ban on clips and magazines with more than 10 rounds, and a ban on assault weapons like the Bushmaster and AR-15.
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