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A one sentence summary of this: Famous American horror author supports gun control, but his own fictional stories about plagues, apocalypses, improbably large and vicious dogs and heroic time travelers show how bad things can get when people aren't carrying guns.

Not kidding:

In The Stand, after millions of American citizens are wiped out by a “superflu” created in an Army lab, the libertarian argument of how helpless an unarmed citizenry would be in a country where only criminals and the Army have guns is validated in the book’s black-helicopter America. […]

When survivors are able to arm themselves, much good is done and lives are saved. Bearing weapons with more than ten rounds, this moral group is able to rescue female hostages from a gang-raping group of criminals. [...]

Despite King’s liberal politics, his books show the dangers to civil liberties and safety that can occur when law-abiding citizens are rendered weaponless.

And by the same logic, SpongeBob SquarePants demonstrates the necessity of dumping pineapples into our oceans, because otherwise our talking kitchen sponges will have nowhere to live.

We have long suspected that our conservative friends do not fully grasp where reality ends and fiction begins, vis-a-vis their imagined heroic world-saving exploits with weaponry, but when you're relying on Stephen King novels to make a case for freer access to weaponry and to insult their oblivious know-nothing librahl author you may need to step back and reassess. (Though if Sen. Ted Cruz starts citing plotlines from zombie movies as reason for reassessing our national stance on flamethrowers, I would at this point not be all that surprised.)

Originally posted to Hunter on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, and Daily Kos.

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