American novelist Stephen King has hit out at the “proudly closed minds” on gun control in America following the murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina this week.
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Six women and three men were killed in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday, with suspect Dylann Roof, a white 21-year-old who acquaintances have said had been “planning something like that for six months,” now in custody. According to Roof’s uncle, Carson Cowles, the 21-year-old, whom a Facebook picture has shown wearing a jacket bearing the flags of the former white-supremacist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia, had been given the gun for his 21st birthday .
King wrote an essay on guns shortly after the 2013 shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school , Connecticut, which left 26 people dead. In it he called for a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, calling them “weapons of mass destruction”, which “when lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use”.