I doubt it was coincidence the exact quote was used in Under The Dome this week, in the context of gun control. I found it odd that the character that used it was a villian, drug dealer, confiscating guns so the bad guys would be the only ones armed.
I know Stephen King is a solid Democrat, I know he advocates stronger gun control (not sure how much stronger) So why use a context so often cited by those who oppose gun control?
I found it odd. As the writer, he could have scripted it in a positive light. I didn't read the book yet so perhaps his personal convictions are made later... or perhaps he is writing his characters and stories "pure", completely outside of his convictions.
The phrase isn't in the book. At one point in the book, Jim has the guns at the superstore (Burpee's) confiscated. Characters discuss the possibility that he might confiscate guns from ordinary citizens, but it never happens.
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Re: Gun control under the dome
Ya know, I just might find something like you describe as "odd", that is if I read his works, and watched all the adaptations of said works, as a guide, a template, like an instruction manual maybe, a righteous path in and to my life and daily living, saw him as the man with my plan, as it were.
However, and I am so very sorry if this offends anyone, but what if I just ain't quite ready to make him my messiah, not quite yet?...I mean would that be cool, or should I just fall prostrate now and get it over with.
So, um, no, no I personally don't.
Ya know, I just might find something like you describe as "odd", that is if I read his works, and watched all the adaptations of said works, as a guide, a template, like an instruction manual maybe, a righteous path in and to my life....<snip>
What I found as "odd" is knowing where Mr. King stands on this particular issue, from what he has written, and to see what appears to be a scenario acted out in a story he authored that is so often cited by those who oppose his stance.
My personal convictions have absolutely nothing to do with this thread, or the observation.
I think it's just a hot issue now so it's on a lot of people's minds, and it makes for provocative television. Realistically I don't think anyone would be giving up their guns so fast if a dome fell over the town (I don't currently own a gun but I'd be looking for one quick if a dome fell over my town!)
I'm genuinely curious as to why you would think that.
Well if those who wrote that content into the script are aware of the authors political affiliation and stance on gun control, they depicted those who share those convictions as corrupt a corrupt politician and a drug dealer, quoting a leader in a democrat administration in the same context.
*shrug* seems like a dig at the author's politics to me.