Stephen King: My Novel 'Gas' for School Shooters
Says 'Rage' could have been 'possible accelerant' to killers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2013 12:34 PM CST
Novelist Stephen King speaks to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Stephen King is jumping into America's conversation on gun violence, with a new Kindle Single entitled simply, "Guns." According to Amazon, the 99-cent essay "constructs his argument for what can and should be done" to reduce violence. But the segment that's grabbing attention is one in which King talks about his decision to pull his first novel, Rage, from publication, for fear that it might inspire school shooters.

Rage depicts a hostage situation in a school, and four teenagers mentioned the book after attacking their schools. In an excerpt from "Guns" quoted on MediaBistro, King says the book didn't turn kids into killers—"yet I did see Rage as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale. You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it." In general, however, King's essay argues that the culture has little impact on gun violence, Salon reports.

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Jan 26, 2013 10:41 AM CST
the world believes that Stephen King is a gifted writer. Maybe he is - his type if writing not what I prefer to read. However, for Mr. King to deny when children continuously being exposed to violent movies, cartoons, video games etc, increases the chance that specific child may have violent tendencies. Just take a look around you.
Jan 25, 2013 5:54 PM CST
My Novel? He write's Novel's? Please enlighten me all of what I have breifly read of his work is not Novel worthy. He is just wanting back in the spotlight & using a terriable stragey to do so.
Jan 25, 2013 2:40 PM CST
which is why I pulled it from sale ************************************* As ALL guns and ammo should be too!