The Most Horrifying Thing About Stephen King These Days is His Contempt for Your Gun Rights

by Tommy Grant

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After police said that at least 19 people had been shot—three fatally—in gun violence across Chicago over the holiday weekend, [Ohio Rep. Jim] Jordan shared an article about the news to his X (formerly Twitter) account. He captioned his post on December 26: “19 shot. 3 dead. One holiday weekend. Democrat-run Chicago.”

[Author Stephen] King responded: “Guns, Jimmy. Guns.”

Jordan also tweeted about homicides in Philadelphia. He shared an article to his X account that said the state had recorded its 400th homicide of the year last week after a 58-year-old man was murdered.

He wrote: “Philadelphia recorded its 400th homicide of the year last week. Police say a 58-year-old man was the 400th murder victim. That same evening, a man was gunned down in a triple shooting. Who’s in charge there? Democrats.”

King retweeted Jordan’s post and once again added: “Guns, Jimmy. It’s the guns.” …

On May 24, 2016, King was one of 450 writers to sign an open letter opposing Trump’s candidacy, with the author supporting Hilary Clinton’s campaign.

He has also long spoken out on his desire for stricter gun control in the U.S. In 2013, he published Guns, a non-fiction essay on the issue of gun violence. He wrote it after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 26 people. King called for a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, writing “when lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use.”

In 2022, he called for “gun control now” following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left 14 children and a teacher dead. Posting to X, he wrote: “GUN CONTROL NOW! STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS!”

— Billie Schwab Dunn in Stephen King Slams Jim Jordan Over Gun Control

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