Friday, February 23, 2007

Portraits of Americans and Their Guns

Kyle Cassidy's Armed America project seeks to capture portraits of Americans with their guns. "This isn't a book about guns," he writes. "It's a book about people." Above are Jean, Fleming, and a Winchester .410 model 42:
Fleming: I was born and raised 12 miles down the road from where Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed—this was in 1935. As a result of that incident, Northern Louisiana gained a reputation for being a very violent part of the world. And indeed, everybody—that I knew anyway—had at least two guns; a shotgun, and a .22 rifle. But these weapons were looked upon mostly as implements for harvesting food, mutch like you do with hoes, rakes, shovels, and things like that. Because they were used to take wild game. And in a country at that time where there was no electricity, no trains to speak of, you couldn't buy anything. If you didn't grow it or kill it yourself, you didn't eat. . . . I never take more animals than we can eat. I think, in a way, a gun, if it's used properly, can be a tool to teach good citizenship. Because it teaches people to be frugal, to not be wasteful, and above all, it teaches people not to waste our heritage; take what you need, but don't take any more.

Jean: I hate guns. Don't get me started.
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