Guy who inspired school shootings makes sick suggestion

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“One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [violent] 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.”

So wrote horror writer Stephen King in a Kindle essay Friday entitled “Guns.”

“[P]lenty of gun advocates cling to their semi-automatics the way Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson clung to the shit that was killing them,” King wrote in his 25-page essay.

Not surprisingly, there was a lot of hypocrisy in King’s piece noting “to claim that America’s ‘culture of violence’ is responsible for school shootings is tantamount to cigarette company executives declaring that environmental pollution is the chief cause of cancer.”

“It took more than one slim novel to cause [these teenagers] to do what they did,” King said.

As Slate noted, “He points out that the top 10 books and the top 10 movies in the country do very little to glorify gun violence, specifically, and also cites a slight dip in the sales of some gun-centric video games, concluding that ‘Americans have very little interest in entertainment featuring gunplay.'”

That’s not what King said in 1999 after the massacre at Columbine when he spoke at a Vermont Library Conference saying, “[T]he amp-cult atmosphere of make-believe violence in which so many children now live has to be considered part of the problem. We may like our Jackie Chan movies, Walker Texas Ranger on TV, and the ultra-violent survivalist paperback novels–not to mention the pseudo-religious novels in which the Tribulation Days promised in the Book of Revelations are depicted in gory detail–but we need to recognize that these things are hurting us, just as so many of us had to recognize that our cigarettes were hurting us, much as we enjoyed them.”

King may have been the inspiration for a school shooting:

In fact, King himself had direct experience with this.

In 1977, under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King published “Rage,” a book about a Maine high school senior who kills his algebra teacher and holds the class hostage.

In subsequent years, numerous school murders occurred around the country with the assailants saying they had gotten the idea directly or loosely from “Rage.”

Has that stopped him from writing horror stories?


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2 Responses to “Guy who inspired school shootings makes sick suggestion”

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    As much as we have heard in the last few years about the evil corporations, evil wealthy…the pseudo Lefty/Liberal Arguments of all that is wrong with the world [America] has to do with these evil things…

    Does the Left even stop to consider that Movies, Books, Videos, Lap Tops, iphones [Stephen King Books] etc…are ALL from CORPORATIONS??? – [From ‘their’ Evil?] Corporations??

    But, Law Abiding citizens, our Rights…well, that’s another thing…
    Money Talks….

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    Nan G

    What backwards thinking!
    Even when a liberal judge metes out a liberal punishment for a crime he targets the criminal, not the victim!
    Like here in CA.
    IF you get caught making graffiti and arrested and sentenced to anything, chances are you get sentenced to ”community service.”
    That community service usually involves going around in a work crew and cleaning up graffiti others put up all over town.
    The judge doesn’t go after Lowes or Home Depot for selling spray paint.
    (BTW, you have to be 18 to buy it. and it is behind locked cages in the stores.)
    The judge does not go after folks for owning a nice clean surface just begging to be defaced, either.
    Didn’t King get hit by a car and have his own brains all over the streets years ago?
    Maybe this is the result.

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