Author Stephen King Calls for Additional Gun Control Laws
Horror author Stephen King took to Twitter yesterday to call for additional gun control laws. The multiple time best selling author said the following in tweet, “Multiple gunshot wounds last night at Red Rocks. We regulator booze and tobacco; it’s time to regulate firearms.” I’ll be nice and won’t even point out the irony of a best selling author having a spelling mistake in his tweet.
Multiple gunshot wounds last night at Red Rocks. We regulator booze and tobacco; it's time to regulate firearms.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 20, 2014
Of course, this isn’t the first time King has called for more gun control and criticized gun owning Americans. Last year, King made a “substantial” donation to The Coalition for a Safer Maine according to their website. The group fights for anti gun laws in Maine.
According to the press release on the group’s website:
The Kings join the Coalition in supporting proposed legislation that will expand background checks, ban high capacity magazines, and strengthen the prohibition on guns for those adjudicated mentally ill. Proposed legislation for these measures are being heard at the Maine State House this week.
“We are grateful for the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. King at this pivotal moment in our efforts to establish common sense gun regulations in Maine. This gift, along with other gifts from many like-minded people around the state, will be used immediately to fund our advocacy efforts” says Larry Gilbert, former Mayor of Lewiston, former Federal Marshall, and co-Chair of the Coalition for a Safer Maine.
“Mr. King strongly defends the Second Amendment and acts accordingly – he owns three handguns. And as a gun owner, he believes the right is also a responsibility that should be safeguarded by sensible laws, such as expanding background checks and banning the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines,” adds Paula Silsby, former US Attorney and co-Chair of the Coalition.
According to a statement made to the AP, King said the donation was in the five figure range.
King made his views on gun control known in early 2013 when he published a 25 page essay, available for $.99 on Amazon’s Kindle platform, blasting guns. In the essay he wrote,
“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.”