King wrote the essay in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The language in "Guns" is strong and the subject, gun control, is highly controversial.
In an Amazon press release dated Jan. 25, King stated, "I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about. If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job."
King, a gun owner himself, seeks to find middle ground in the gun control issue in his essay, sharing his opinions of how gun control should be handled.
Earnings from the sale of "Guns" will go to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
David Blum, editor of Kindle Singles, said that he is excited to "offer a way for a brilliant writer like King to publish quickly, and to reach a large audience of loyal readers and new customers."
Like all Kindle books, customers can read Kindle Singles on their Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader, and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows 8, PC and Mac.
Kindle Singles were launched in 1999 and are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words. The length of Kindle Singles allow ideas to be expressed at their natural length.
The most amazing thing about "Guns" to boomers like me is that only a week passed from the day King finished writing the essay and the day it was scheduled for publication.