Discussing his essay, "Guns" King wrote:
What I asked for in that piece — what I almost begged for — was that we Americans find some middle ground on the subject of heavy-duty firearms. Just a small median strip of rationality between the honking freeway lanes jammed with those on the political right and the political left. According to polls, the majority of Americans would really like a place like that, where a rational discussion could be held without raised voices.About the reception to Guns, King shares that the response has been strong but "in many ways depressing."
There have been more than 1,300 capsule reviews on the Amazon website. A thousand have been favorable (834 five-star reviews, 205 four-star reviews). More than 200 have been unfavorable (160 one-star reviews, 49 two-star reviews). In the middle, the place I really wanted to reach, less than 90. If you need a statistical example of how polarized the country is, there it is.It is interesting, King points out, that those who liked the essay were also verified as having bought the book. Many who marked it with one star were not noted as having bought the item! Like writing a book report on a book you made up.
Throughout the article King calls for middle ground. I'm a conservative on most social issues -- and I would be glad for middle ground and honest discussion in our nation. If we stopped hating each other, we might be able to talk.