• • Stephen King Appeals to Gun Advocates’ Individual Responsibility
Atlas Shrugged |Individualism | “Jesus wept,” King writes in “Gun,” in reference to gun advocates’ unwillingness to yield on reasonable regulation, an echo of the minced curse that appears throughout his novels, and an indictment of the corrupted religious morals that prevent conservatives from acting on the faith to which Hall and his religiously sincere colleagues would call them. He appeals, to any who might have ears to hear, not to an imagined, pious self hidden under so much rightwing vitriol. After all, who knows better than King the contours of the tortured, unrepentant soul. Rather, then, he speaks directly to the fantasy of an unbridled individualism at the center of the conservative creed. The divinely human compassion of “Jesus wept” meets the theology of Atlas Shrugged.