Stephen King publishes essay on “Guns”


Stephen King - GunsSACO – When Stephen King publishes, people pay attention and more often than not, thousands rush to read his words. On Friday, January 25, King published a Kindle Single, Guns, in response to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and other cities.

With this essay, King said he hopes that gun owners will urge Congress and the gun lobby to support “reasonable” changes such as banning assault weapons.

The new Kindle Single is already one of the fastest selling singles and for 99 cents, readers are quickly making it one of the most popular. King has also made it clear that he is not doing this for the money.  According to the Maine writer’s website, profits from the sale of the essay will go to the victims of gun violence.

King issued a press release with the publication of his essay and has said this will be his only comment on the subject. He will not grant interviews about the subject or the essay.

“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” King said. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job.”

Editor’s note: MySecretMaine agrees. It is time to talk about this issue openly and in a responsible manner. As a society, we need to try to come up with a solution. Too many people have already been hurt by gun violence. Look for our response in the next week or so, but in the meantime, we encourage you to read Stephen King’s essay and join the debate.





David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at