Feb 16, 2013
commented on Stephen King on Gun Violence
Unlike SOME respondent's to King's essay, I've actually READ it, and I've read some by other authors, most notably one published by Harry Harrison, and in contrasting the two essays I find Mr. King's words far easier to stomach (though I did not agree with everything he had to say¹). Harrison's publication on this topic was not so much an essay as it was a diatribe almost completely devoid of rational thought, and what he had to say was so IGNORANT, I am sure he was never trained in the use and care of firearms…let alone ever OWNED a firearm (two distinctly separate groups where members of group one are not necessarily members of group two…and then there are group two members who've never benefited from proper training and professional experience!). It's not clear two me whether or not King, as a member of group two (gun owners), is also a member of group one (trained and experienced in the use of firearms), but my own personal experience combined with my educated interpretation of his words strongly suggests he's a Group Two kinda guy, and they are (or more accurately, CAN be) a dangerous collection of individuals; just as people have to get drivers licenses in order to lawfully operate motor vehicles on public streets and highways, people should be educated and certified before they should be permitted to own and exercise the choice of whether or not to use firearms, and for exactly the same reasons: With power comes responsibility, and responsibility must be proven to be validated. ¹King asserts that semiautomatic weapons have only two purposes: "One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in awhile, yell yeehaw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel. Their other use — their only other use — is to kill people." I'm not sure what Stephen King understands what a semiautomatic weapon is, which leads me to believe he never received the required education, training, and experience to authoritatively comment on said weapons and all related matters. I am so qualified. The state of automation of a firearm is in reference to the trigger mechanism, and there are three states: The first requires that the sequence of the operation of the trigger mechanism be fully actuated by the user for each round that is fired, like in most revolvers and single-shot rifles and shotguns. The second, semiautomatics, some of the operation of the trigger mechanism (hence "semi") allows the user to fire succeeding rounds as fast as he can pull the trigger after fully cocking the weapon ONCE per magazine, a fine example being the standard M1911-A1 pistol. The third, full autos, allow the user to discharge rounds as long as the trigger is DEPRESSED and the magazine is full. King's published comment on the purpose of semiautomatics seems to be very flawed, as there is little practical difference between the two types of non-automatic weapons [in the context of King's comments]. King's comments, in my inarguably qualified opinion, seem to be directed at either semiautomatic weapons converted to fully automatic fire mode or weapons possessing multiple fire modes, one of which is fully automatic. You CANNOT use (referencing King's "guns" essay) a semiautomatic M1911-A1 Colt .45 with a ten-round magazine AS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! (It would be as impossible to use an eight-shot revolver with quick-change reload cylinders in that fashion, a ridiculous concept at best.) Any proposed legislation based on comments like that WOULD be dangerous in and of itself, a threat to constitutional rights of ALL Americans. [Humorous closing comment] I propose that, just as vehicle operators are and gun owners should be licensed, the politicians legislating firearms should be similarly qualified; the sad fact of the matter is that politicians implementing gun control legislation don't know diddly-squat, have not been trained and educated in the use and care of the very weapons…so are you going to allow someone THAT ignorant to say what you can and cannot do with your own guns?