The (absurd) Stand: Twitter shreds gun-slinging ghoul Stephen King over gun-grabbing, NRA-bashing essay

Boom! That pretty much sums it up right off that bat. But, why is Twitter buzzing over Stephen King today? Oh, he has joined the ranks of the ghouls who seek to politicize tragedy. He wrote (for sale, natch) an essay (how fancy) full of anti-gun zealotry.

Yes, they should. Mockery of the author is swift and hilarious.

Mockery aside, many Twitter users point out the utter hypocrisy, idiocy and ghoulish nature of King’s piece. Note to Stephen King:  In addition to your horror tales, didn’t you also write an entire series about a gunslinger? The hypocrisy does not end there.

For the Children, Mr. King.

Once again, a celebrity tries to offer up a sanctimonious lecture to others. He’s so much Smarter Than You™, you see. And enlightened and stuff, you bitterly clinging rubes. Hey, Mr. King, why don’t you start with President Obama and his claim of shooting skeet? That can’t be a good example, can it?

Guess what else, Mr. King? You may be a highly successful author, but that doesn’t mean you are successful at living in reality. Actually, you do deal in fantasy, don’t you? It also doesn’t mean that your word is gospel, nor does it mean that the entire world is waiting with bated breath to hear your thinkies on gun control. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite.

But, hey, he has books to sell, right?

Profits from the essay are allegedly going to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Of course, no word on the profits of any upsells of other books that the essay will bring in.

Never let a tragedy go to waste … especially if King can line his own coffers or pat himself on his smug back.

  • kch50428

    “I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

    Let’s expand that to keyboards of idiots like King.

    • BlueGood

      Anyone with a mind like Stephen King should be in a Rubber Room…..

      did he ever pass puberty???…oh he didn’t know there was a test???


  • Steve_J

    He should go back to writting about womens “problems” in his horror books.

  • Murray the KY

    his work for the last 20 years has been repititious and boring.

  • Lou Windsor

    Yet another sanctimonious Hollywood twitch that confuses ‘famous’ with ‘important’.

  • bonnieblue2A

    I guess this means Obama will be inviting King up to Camp David for some skeet shooting…….or something.

  • Rulz

    I won’t be reading of his fictional material anytime soon.

    Folks, if you really want to send a message to the elite media, don’t buy their products and don’t watch them.

    It will cause quite a stir when they pump 60-130 million into films that get zilch on a return.

    • SheilaK

      Agreed. Just one more ‘celebrity’ whose books/movies/etc I will no longer support with MY hard earned gun loving hands!

      • lainer51

        I read his books back in the day but I heard he was a flaming libtard years ago so that’s when I quit spending my hard-earned money on that hack.

    • NRPax

      I don’t know, Rulz. Matt Damon’s anti-fracking film bombed so hard that EOD was sent to investigate it but he’ll be back and making more movies. It will take a LOT of beatings at the box office for them to start noticing.

      • jeffunde

        I agree. They are like a veneral disease, just won’t go away.

        • MissQuinn82

          But, venereal diseases can be prevented from propagating with the right precautions. <_<


    • Vennoye

      After reading some of Stephen King’s books years ago, he is one person who probably would not be able to get a gun under new laws…….he is one very strange person!!

    • JR48

      That’s not hard to do. I was an avid fan of King’s books when he first started, but most of the movies created out of his books, stink. The only good thing about the Shining is Jack Nicholsen when he snaps. The rest of it pales in comparison to the book, which is so much about internal character development, and cannot be translated well onto the screen.

      I kept trying to watch his movies, but threw up my hands. Laughing because I started boycotting his films 25 years ago.

  • $21440013

    Who cares what Stephen King thinks! For that matter Matt Damon, Sean Penn or even Michael Moore…What gives them the moral authority? How bout you clean up your violent sick movies and denounce movie violence as a starting point.. Hey “Clueless” King; your the one who is out of step and misinformed, the same Bill of Rights that allows you to grind out your garbage is the same one that protects my rights to own a gun. Get over your self

  • madian_kikyou

    Maybe you should not writing such violent piece of crap then, Mr. King! Hypocrite! I never liked your garbage stories with their recycled plots anyway!

  • Catchance

    Why do these has-been writers think that they can bring their careers back to life by ranting about gun control? (Joyce Carol Oates)

    • Quentin Walker

      Stephen King was the second best selling author last year according to Forbes, dumb ass.

      • robcrawford2

        Which means, what? Does it make him a moral authority?

      • Catchance

        Huh. My mistake… I was looking at his e-book sales figures.

      • TocksNedlog

        Which of course means that we should hold his political opinions in the highest regard, because …?

  • CatHerder

    I really, really hope not to see Tom Clancy come down on the same side as this has-been. Not that his writing is any better, but it would sound a mite peculiar after bragging about his underground shooting range.

    • Maxwell

      He was critical of George W. Bush, but other than that, Clancy is a fairly conservative individual. From my understanding at least.

  • Rae Ann McCurry

    Gonna use his books for target practice.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      OOOH, post pics!

  • Jaynie59

    What I find ironic about this is that King has a particular fixation with killing kids in his books. ‘salem’s Lot, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. I think it’s the best book he’s ever written and 30 years after reading it I can name even minor characters. It’s that good an example of character development and story telling. To this day, I kid you not, I can’t look out a window at night without thinking of Danny Glick.

    The only thing that made Cujo the movie better than the book is that in the movie the little boy lived.

    • Frank Drebin

      Alternative, shorter version of Cujo:

      Rabid dog shot dead by gun owner, everyone okay.

      The End

  • dmacleo

    blew a tire on my t-bird (fairly heavily modded) on west broadway street in 1992 or so made a bang noise. ran over a piece that had fallen off a wrought iron security fence. within 5 minutes cops swarmed to see what was going on.
    guess whos fence lost a sharp section that dropped into road damaging my car?
    guess who has a wrought iron fence and cops at beck and call for protection?
    guess who is also armed and protects his property?
    yup I broke down on west broadway in bangor in front of his house.

    kings a f’ing hypocrite who believes his own press about how great he is.

  • Ronald

    It’s amazing how many famous people are against guns.

    • dmacleo

      its because the people with guns protect them and allow them to pretend they are against guns.

    • Jack Deth

      Famous people can hire armies to protect them.

    • Tabitha Bliss

      They’re only against us having them

    • CatHerder

      Not amazing, sorry. These people are so bombarded with uncritical praise they can’t help thinking their uninformed opinion is more desired than the next person’s. Pity them, if you like.

    • aegean1

      It’s also amazing how many famous people are for higher taxes. It’s because they can afford to move away.

  • Jack Deth

    Stephen King hasn’t written anything good or memorable since ‘Salem’s Lot’, ‘The Stand’ and ‘Danse Macabre’ more than thirty years ago.

    Though I do remember that he and his works were to topics of large, notorious violent acts decades ago. And that he took a baseball bat and other implements of destruction to a junked automobile once upon a time.

  • Raye09

    I will admit I am a fan of kings older works(the shining is classic), his newer stuff is dull, but it’s not like his opinions on issues actually matter. I just wish celebrities would act/sing/model/write/whatever they do instead of jumping on political bandwagons. Really, your opinion does not matter, it really doesn’t.

  • NRPax

    I’m sorry…Steven who? I was too busy reading Clive Barker, Robert McCammon and Jim Butcher.

    • lainer51

      and Dean Koontz.

      • Jack Deth

        Hi, lainer:

        I read one of Koontz’s novels when he was writing under the name K.R. Dwyer.

        His ‘Dragonfly’ was a pretty decent government conspiracy story for a compulsive writer who cannot not write.

      • NRPax

        I actually used Dean Koontz’s name once when I got sick of someone on a forum constantly talking about Lovecraft. I told him I read Koontz when I wanted real horror.

        Yes, I am that evil.

        • WisconsinPatriot

          You’re not evil, he is a sissy!

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, Pax:

      I’ve been re-reading some of the greats by Ross Thomas. If you want to understand Democrat politics inside and outside DC. Most any of his 25 titles are a good start,

      Though I recommend, ‘Yellow Dog Contract’, ‘Chinaman’s Chance’ or ‘Out on the Rim’.

      • NRPax

        I don’t know, Jack. It sounds like it would be depressing to understand it more and I read as an escape. -:-) But I’ll see if my library has anything of his.

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Jack. Are they stand alone stories, or is there a connection requiring them to be read in a certain order?

        • Jack Deth

          Hi, Patriot:

          ‘Yellow Dog Contract’ is a stand alone. Involving kidnap, conspiracies and the use of union strikes to swing elections after Watergate.

          ‘Chinaman’s Chance’ and ‘Out on the Rim’ involve two high end con men, Artie Wu and Quincy Durant and their crew. Who do investigations and thing legal and not quite legal to get the job done.

          ‘Chinaman’s Chance’ starts as a murder investigation that branches out into mob connected unions wanting to take a good sized chuck of a defunct southern California town. Level it and build a “Dirty Disneyland” of nearly legal vice.

          ‘Out on the Rim’ involves Wu and Durant being chaperones for a Money Man to pay off the Marcos rebel opposition in the Philippines.
          Both are excellent reads with nice twists and turns by a master!

    • APW

      Jim Butcher, Yes! Long live Harry Dresden!

  • jb

    Never having read a S. King novel, i picked up the ~800 pager “The Stand”. Wow… movie was great, the writing — the book – not so much. OK… so in the previous sentence I used a “euphemism”, and used a mild phrase to describe his book: “not so great”. In S. King’s knowledge sphere, an “euphemism” is a hideous scary sewer living monster. No, S. King, it means your writing is crap…. but your definition fits in some respects.
    The window in my apt. would not stay up in the summer, so the book, being brutally long and so thick, made a great stand for it. It even held up through a few rainstorms that pounded that side of the house, being that it was so oily.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos can’t tell the difference between law abiding citizens and criminals.

    That’s why they treat law abiding citizens like criminals and treat criminals like law abiding citizens.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Yeah, I remember Rage. And I remember reading a short story he did that was about a school shooting as well at a college. Sure it was from the 80’s maybe 83. So yeah, he was ahead of the curve on the issue, and has both inspired and profited from mass-shootings. The most morally deficient anti-gun celeb yet.

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, George:

      You forgot King’s “Apt Pupil” whose hero(?) becomes a serial killer who takes a rifle to a secluded hillside. Snipes and kills innocents and is hunted down and killed at the story’s end.

      It was also a crappy film by Bryan Singer with Brad Renfro Ian McKellan.

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    I wonder if he repeated his line from “Maximum Overdrive” when he looked at his Blackberry this morning:
    “Honey, this machine just called me an asshole !” (while the ATM kept repeating “asshole” on the screen)

  • 3seven77

    I tried reading a Stephen King novel years ago. I don’t even remember which book it was, I only remember it was so awful I never got past page 5.

  • Randi Starr

    Another unhappy 1% who hires body guards whenever deemed necessary.

  • Frank Drebin

    Do “IT” for the kids…?

  • dwsmokin

    The guy writes ghost stories for a living. Pretty good ones for the most part, but that’s it. It’s a shame he uses what fame he’s held on to as a bully pulpit-but that makes him no different than a hundred other idiots who seem to think because they can entertain, their opinion means more than others. Take a hike Steve-if it’s not a horror story, it holds no sway over us.

  • discutter

    Sorry Repugs, either your high capacity magazines or your assault rifles will be banned. Or both. So, all your silliness is futile.

    • SPCAndyJ

      Keep dreaming! :)

      • discutter

        What??? I bet you $10,000 that …, well, nevermind.

        • Jack Deth

          Too many Democrats in those pesky “Fly Over States” where guns are popular with their constituents to get the sixty votes needed, disc.

          Also too close to the 2014 mid terms. And NO Dem wants to go back to their pro gun states to explain why they voted against them and the Constitution. It’d be signing their own political death warrants.

    • Randi Starr

      Bless your heart, you’re stupid too. Well, I’m sure it’s not your fault, genetics or something, I would guess.

      • discutter

        Right, you, the bully just showed me.

        • Conpunk

          Does Media Matters pay as living wage?

        • Conpunk

          Does Media Matters pay as living wage?

    • kenai

      Since you and your heroine DiFi are so hot to ban ‘assault rifles’ please explain the functional difference to us between an ‘assault rifle’ and a ‘sporting rifle’ such as the Remington model 7400. Remember, it must be the functional difference not merely a cosmetic difference such as color or the type of material used to form the stock.

    • Red Fred

      Sorry Dempons, but your ink on paper tiger will be the most widely ignored legislation ever enacted. So, your efforts are futile.

    • TocksNedlog

      And the “silliness” being displayed here is WHAT?

  • SPCAndyJ

    Stephen King hasn’t written a good book in DECADES….used to read him all the time until Insomnia came out – started reading it and it sucked so bad I put it down and haven’t read anything from him since. Practice how to write a good book again Mr. King and quit lecturing the rest of us hypocrite!

    • Terry Mair

      Yup King stopped being relevant years ago, personally I think this is just him trying to get back in the lime light, when he starting thinking he was god, as shown in the last installment of the dark tower that is when he stopped being relevant, what an idiot.

  • Kleverabevera

    Maybe in his next book he will have a villain who is a fundamentalist Christian!! That would be so avant-garde of him.

  • Linda Clark Setters

    I will not purchase another book of his and my family has spent many hundreds of dollars thruout the years on his works…never will he get another penny from me..I am sick to death of celebrity opinions

  • Johnny_Layabout

    Ironic, as Stephen King deserves some credit as the inventor of the school shooting, as others have mentioned his 1975 short novel Rage, about a high-school student who shoots his teacher and takes his class hostage. Wiki links it to four actual school shootings. Someone should confront him about the blood on his hands and not let him hide behind something as “antiquated” as the First Amendment, to use a gun grabber-like argument.

    • Janice Sykes

      The essay addresses that issue. He pulled the book from print after it was found in the possession of those who committed crimes. After reading the essay, I feel the point of it wasn’t to place the blame on any one source, but more on personal responsibility. Rage is fully protected by the Bill of Rights, as are his rights as a gun owner. King saw the book as a catalyst for these troubled boys and pulled it from print: he felt is was personal responsibility. The essay goes on to say that guns shouldn’t be taken away, but rather the mechanics of the guns need to change so that the people who are so damaged to actually execute these mass killings don’t do as *much* harm. There are always going to be mass murderers, why give them access to the modalities to kill the maximum amount of people in a short amount of time?

      • TocksNedlog

        So . . . you’re proposing a ban on fertilizer and car batteries, then?

        • JR48

          Don’t forget box cutters. Everyone will be issued a spork and have to make do.

  • $23629333

    I’ll repeat my assertion that the portsiders are creating a society which will be uncomfortably similar to what existed in the old USSR. You and me and most people will be fitted into socialist straitjackets which will restrict our choices. Needless to say, we will not be permitted to own arms, we will have to shop at designated stores with only those products permitted by the folks in charge. Our transportation will be public transit or those little suicide vehicles. Our access to the Internet and entertainment generally will be restricted.

    Meanwhile, the folks in charge and/or well off – like the hypocrite author mentioned here – will have arms, or armed security, and there will be NO restrictions on their choice of transportation or entertainment. The stores they patronize will carry everything.

    The Dummiecrats and the RINOs are working together towards this society, and the Demedia maintains its campaign of distraction.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Meanwhile, speaking of big scary guns, I just ran across this elsewhere:

    “Feinstein says that the only purpose for semi-automatic rifles is to
    kill school children, so why is the White House buying 7,000 for
    “personal defense?”

    The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire
    7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as
    “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally
    posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is
    calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
    Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal
    (RFP), Steve McGough of reports that DHS is asking
    for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for
    personal defense use in close quarters.”

    Read that very last line again very carefully.
    The hypocrisy just makes you want to scream.

  • Fatalerror94

    Seems like ingratiating himself to the leftest political sphere has replaced writing fiction as King’s profession.

    I would like to propose a compromise; the NRA will, like he says, have to clean up the messy aftermath of all the school shootings that take place from here on out if, also, from here on out gun prohibitionist like himself will have to clean up the messy aftermath of gun related crimes in those regions of the country where gun control ordinances are the strictest (Chicago, Washington DC), and after one year whoever has the bigger total mess to clean up loses.

  • Deb Scott

    I have already given away most of my Stephen King books for other nonsense he put out, however The Stand will always be one of my favs and will probably come true-how can he be critical of violence when all his stories are violent?

  • Noonespecial

    Actually, it would be “ropes of intestine, and chunks of brain”…geeze, you’d think the King of violent gore descriptions, who has made his millions describing violent scenes, would at least get that right….

  • Hiraghm

    Two words: Silver Bullet.

  • Hiraghm

    Guns don’t kill people. Lawnmower Man kills people.

  • Rick Carufel

    Here’s my essay in response to Stephen King’s essay, Guns. Unlike his emotional knee-jerk reaction to the recent tragedies mine is well researched and thought out.

  • TocksNedlog

    Liberals innately know that in order to justify a collectivist solution they must assign collective guilt for the problem they are addressing.

  • DrSamHerman

    His books make great leg props for wobbly tables.

  • descolada9

    This is the same guy who had twelve year olds engaged in a gang bang in his famous novel, “It.” Real moral authority there, Stephie.

  • disqus_jKRPoHT324

    Just stick to what you’re good at (sometimes), like storytelling, Mr. King……I’ve already lost respect for the majority of Hollywood……don’t lose your fan base over your ranting and raging in support of gun control. It’s quite hypocritical (your stories use violence, guns, axes, cars, etc) and totally unasked for. Keep the “holier than thou” attitude to yourself;
    you’re making yourself look like a total ass… are no better than anyone else.