In an angry essay released Friday, best-selling novelist Stephen King calls on gun owners — including himself — to support a ban on semiautomatic weapons and other gun-control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
He criticizes the National Rifle Association, the media (for knee-jerk coverage of school shootings) and politicians (for inaction). He also discusses why he pulled his novella Rage, about a teenage gunman, after it was linked to four shootings between 1988 and 1996.
King writes that “it took more than one slim novel to cause (the shooters) to do what they did. These were unhappy boys with deep psychological problems, boys who were bullied at school and bruised at home by parental neglect or outright abuse.” All, he notes, had easy access to guns.