An Open Letter to Stephen King

Dear Steve,

Can I call you ‘Steve’? Great. Thanks. It has recently been brought to my attention that you have a nice little op-ed floating around, in which you appeal to gun owners to ban certain types of guns, as though guns in my safe have ever been guilty of crimes committed. I have particularly enjoyed your The Dark Tower series of books as well as some of your other works of fiction. However, you are overstepping here. You see, you are not a role model nor a leader. You are, in fact, no more than an entertainer. When we want your opinion, we’ll give it to you. Beyond that, keep producing the entertaining material that amuses us and don’t otherwise open your trap. It’s tiresome when Bono does it, and it’s not even cute when Scarlett Johansson does it, and it’s sure as heck not cute when you do it either. Or as it has been immortalized on the internet by my lovely wife; DANCE, MONKEY! What little of your diatribe that I have managed to read illustrates to me that you know very little about gun culture, defensive gun use, gun mechanics, freedom, or the law. How dare you attempt to dictate to me or anyone else for that matter what tools are appropriate for defense, as though you were an expert in such things instead of a fiction author? If I could read your entire 25-page essay without making the contribution I would, if for no other reason than to gauge exactly how much I will boycott your work in the future. However, with such a blatant display of self-righteous arrogance, I fear that I will be unable to reconcile putting money in your pockets with fully hearing you out. To quote words that you wrote:

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.

I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.

I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.”

So you do understand that the tool is not to blame then? Indeed, a gun alone is not violent nor dangerous, but inert and inanimate. Evil hearts and minds are dangerous regardless of whatever tool is or is not available. The murderers that the anti-gun faction has been taking advantage of recently to justify further infringement of our Second Amendment were committed by bad people. They did not kill with the gun, but with the heart. And you sir, have forgotten the face of your father. With all due respect,

Evyl Robot Michael

7 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Stephen King

  1. Dear Stephen King:

    I will give up my guns only after you donate all royalties gained from The Gunslinger, past and future, to whatever anti-gun movement you believe in so strongly.

    Put your money where your mouth is.

    Love and kisses, Erin Palette

  2. I have been a fan of Steven King since the 80′s. I have read every single book he has put out.
    -BUT-
    He needs to not speak until spoken to unless he is talking about entertainment.
    I wholeheartedly agree with Erin’s comment and with this article. You people make me proud to be an American.
    This entertainer made money off of fiction based around the idea of a gunslinger and now he says that he is somehow eloi enough to dictate to actual gun owners what they can OWN or USE?
    He has forgotten the face of his father…

  3. I do believe he is entitled to his opinions, that’s his right as a free citizen. However, I do draw the line at him cashing in his popularity as an author in order to sound wise and knowledgeable and get others to give up something. I’m sorry, but there is nothing that gives him the right to demand (however politely) that I give up my property and possessions, especially when neither I nor they have done any wrong. The fact that he has made scads of money and the aforementioned popularity by writing a series about the very guns he implores me to give up now makes him yet another egotistical hypocrite.

  4. I feel sorry for Mr. King. He is surrounded by idiots, and has become one of them, assuming he wasn’t to start with.

    The whole publishing arena is filled with liberals, and if you don’t dance to their tune, you don’t get published. Mr King has allowed himself to be brainwashed, just so he can make a buck.

    He should switch publishing houses. Baen books is friendly to conservative authors (as well as the other kind), and he is big enough that he can go where he wants, and do what he wants.

    Not that I am ever going to buy a book of his ever again. Jerk.

  5. Very poor analogy. Roland carried a six shooter and was trained to use it responsibly as one of the only men in he realm to carry such a weapon. No assault weapons. He also murdered a young innocent boy in the first novel we meet him in because his way was so obsessed and misguided that he didn’t appreciate a human life to be as valuable as his own crazy obsession.
    (oh and the people who won’t read his books anymore because he dated to speak his mind: good. I love when someone is so easily influenced away from something they previously enjoyed)

    • (Note: I haven’t read any of the Dark Tower books because I don’t like King’s style of writing.)

      So let me get this straight, Jeremy: Roland is one of a select few to carry a gun; is trained to use it responsibly; and yet he murders an innocent child. Do I have the facts correct?

      A revolver — a gun that even Feinstein says is (currently) all right — is used to kill a child by a police analog. This presents us with several interesting interpretations:

      * King is suggesting that police are child killers.
      * King is suggesting that merely owning a gun makes you evil.
      * King is suggesting that actions are what matter, not what tools you use.

      Which of these interpretations would you say is correct, Jeremy?

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