Stephen King Calls for ‘Responsible Gun Control’ After Charleston Church Shooting

“Carrie” author laments the “American shooting gallery” atmosphere in the U.S.

Here’s one kind of horror that Stephen King isn’t a fan of: The real-life horror of gun violence in America.

“Carrie” and “It” author King took to Twitter to call for “responsible gun control laws” on Thursday, after the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine dead.

King also took aim at those who keep “proudly closed minds” on the issue of gun control.

“Until responsible gun owners support responsible gun control laws, innocent blood will continue to flow,” King wrote. “How many times must we see this?”

The author went on to lament the entrenched attitudes on the subject.

“Too many closed minds on gun control. Worse, far too many PROUDLY closed minds,” King added. “Meanwhile, the American shooting gallery remains open.”

King finished off his thoughts on the topic with a bit of statistical reflection.

“According to Bloomberg Business, gun deaths will exceed traffic fatalities in America this year. Can’t put a seatbelt on a semi-automatic,” King wrote.

CNN reports that the suspect in the shooting, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has confessed. He has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Read King’s tweets below.