Stephen King Releases Post-Newtown Essay on Guns

The horror writer and gun owner wants changes to gun laws in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown.

Horror writer Stephen King is seeking to provoke a discussion on gun control and gun rights following shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Maine native is a gun owner. He calls for three "reasonable measures" to curb gun violence in an essay titled "Guns," released Friday as a Kindle single through Amazon.

King says he wants background checks on all gun sales and bans on high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons like the rifle used in the Newtown shooting, which killed 20 children and six school officials.

King describes a pattern of mass shootings in which anger and frustration give way to political rhetoric before discussions of gun control "disappear into the legislative swamp." He says on his website: "If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job."

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