Author Stephen King is an advocate of, in addition to multiple other liberal causes, more stringent gun-control legislation.
In response the Las Vegas mass shooting, King reasoned it would be an effective argument to conflate the shooting with a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott (R) to place a 3-day limit on opioid prescriptions:
Florida governor Rick Scott wants to limit opioid scrips to three days. Guns? No problem, buy as many as you want.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 9, 2017
Sounds reasonable, right? Yeah, no. At least not to Twitter users who rushed to point to the obvious fly in King's opioid ointment.
“Gab” kicks off the festivities with the most obvious question, while suggesting King may think the Constitution is a menu from which one can pick and choose:
Is there a Constitutional right to opioids? Or do you ignore the parts of the Constitution you don't like?
— gab.ai/scottgtweets (@scottgtweets) October 9, 2017
Obviously aware that opioid addiction and overdose has reached epidemic proportions across America, Rembert thinks King should spend less time trying to control guns and more time advocating for opioid legislation in their shared home state:
Instead of blasting another state gov about gun laws maybe you could advocate for similar law in OUR home state of Maine. Opiates suck bro!
— Rembert (@DR_627) October 9, 2017
Ward asked a great question:
Please share with us what law you would come up with to stop criminals from getting guns ... I'll hold!
— Ward D. Lyon (@wdlyon) October 9, 2017
Hang on — gun-control advocate Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) answered this very question during an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Sunday:
“Well, I don't know. I would have to take a look at that and really study it. I'm not sure there is any set of laws that could've prevented it.”
Apparently, Stephen King has not “really studied it.”
Chris tweeted a chart, purportedly listing deaths by category during the first half of 2016. Whether they're accurate, or not, wasn't his point. But, hey, this is the internet!:
— Chris Hay (@ChrisHay1299) October 9, 2017
King, a gun owner, made a similar argument in the aftermath of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016.
Ironically, the author has battled both alcoholism and drug addiction. In brushing aside Gov. Scott's latest attempt to address the opioid epidemic, he appears to have forgotten the devastating impact of both.
Then again, that wouldn't fit into his narrative, would it?