Author Stephen King gets schooled on what the ‘F’ stands for when he makes bizarre gun remark

Even a guy who’s spent a career writing fiction ought to be a little more in touch with reality.

Stephen King,  the master of modern horror, was apparently so horrified by a shooting in the parking lot of a rap concert in Colorado on Thursday that he blasted a bizarre Twitter post demanding the regulation of firearms in the United States.

Forget the “regulator” typo (that’s a glass house no publication should be throwing stones at) and look at the content. As a gun-owner who wrote a non-fiction essay demanding more gun control last year, King knows how much firearms are already regulated in this country — that alcohol and tobacco are basically free for the taking compared to the laws that govern firearms. (Check out a National Review response to that essay here.)

Regulate guns the way we regulate firearms? Second Amendment supporters on Twitter could only wish.

King tweets as though he’s forgotten there’s even a federal agency that’s specifically tasked with regulating firearms along with alcohol and tobacco. Since booze, tobacco and guns are in the national DNA, the agency’s been around in various incarnations since the founding of the Republic. But just to make it easy to remember, it’s called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms these days (ATF to those in the know).

Twitter users were quick to point that out, too.

He’s probably even noticed that shootings outside rap concerts are not exactly unheard of.

Some Twitter users tried to tweak King that the content of his novels wouldn’t pass muster in a gun-free society.

True enough, but not always. King hasn’t always been gun shy — “Rage” (which he had pulled from publication because of his anti-gun feelings) and “The Dark Tower” series are basically built on guns, for instance. But his career of mayhem has included as much exotically efficient means of destruction  — like, say, telekinesis, Tommyknockers or old-fashioned axes — as simple Smith & Wesson shooting.

Some of the more clever of the Twitter responses acknowledged that.

And the best response of all?

Somewhere, Charlton Heston is smiling at that one — and giving King chills.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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