“Owning a firearm brings me some sort of balance. When I am angry at the world I find relief in dropping a clip into the air.” -Drew (photographed below)

Photographer Kyle Cassidy got the idea to document Armed America. Here’s part of his artist’s statement:

The idea was to photograph a hundred gun owners, in their homes, and do a gallery show. I figured this would take about two years. But very soon after I started, it became evident that my ambitions were too low. My mailbox flooded with letters from people I didn’t know wanting to participate — I realized that I could probably photograph a hundred people in two months, but it wasn’t a number of people that was important, it was their stories — a cowboy in Texas, a survivalist in Montana, a deer hunter in Pennsylvania, a sheriff in Georgia, a soldier in Idaho…. What I really needed, I realized, was to get moving, to drive across the country and find America somewhere between here and there.

Cassidy’s book of these photos comes out in October.

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  1. I’d love to know more about this project.

    Personally, I would like to think that I have a unique and well-informed stance on guns in general, and it always surprises me to learn that despite my liberal leanings, I seem to have quite a bit in common with the “gun crowd”. At the simplest of levels, we share a desire for personal freedom (including the freedom to elect leaders who occasionally shoot their colleagues in the face on hunting trips) and on a deeper level, I’m fascinated by the ability to deliver high levels of accuracy despite great distances. It’s a nerd thing. As an astrophotographer and expert marksman, I see little difference between capturing a distant galaxy on film and putting five rounds into an area the size of a nickel from 100 yards. Both require the careful calibration of delicate machinery, patience, and to some extent an intuitive understanding of math and geometry.

    Sure, I’m vastly outnumbered by humans who’d rather point and shoot at deer, cute little bunnies, or even other humans, but I’m not going to let them spoil my nerdy fun. I understand that the same Newtonian physics that put people on the moon also puts my slugs on the bullseye, but I’m enlightened. So it’s okay for me to shoot stuff.

    Yeah, so that’s all I’ve got for now. 😉

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  2. I’d love to know more about this project.

    Personally, I would like to think that I have a unique and well-informed stance on guns in general, and it always surprises me to learn that despite my liberal leanings, I seem to have quite a bit in common with the “gun crowd”. At the simplest of levels, we share a desire for personal freedom (including the freedom to elect leaders who occasionally shoot their colleagues in the face on hunting trips) and on a deeper level, I’m fascinated by the ability to deliver high levels of accuracy despite great distances. It’s a nerd thing. As an astrophotographer and expert marksman, I see little difference between capturing a distant galaxy on film and putting five rounds into an area the size of a nickel from 100 yards. Both require the careful calibration of delicate machinery, patience, and to some extent an intuitive understanding of math and geometry.

    Sure, I’m vastly outnumbered by humans who’d rather point and shoot at deer, cute little bunnies, or even other humans, but I’m not going to let them spoil my nerdy fun. I understand that the same Newtonian physics that put people on the moon also puts my slugs on the bullseye, but I’m enlightened. So it’s okay for me to shoot stuff.

    Yeah, so that’s all I’ve got for now. 😉

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  3. Garmachi and others may be surprised to find the wide range of answers I got from gun owners, several of whom echoed Garmachi’s comment almost exactly. I know it was a surprise to me while I was working on it.

    The book’s release has been pushed up to August 1, though it is currently available for pre-order from Amazon, Barns and Noble and Powells (some of them are offering a significant discount for pre-orders). There is more information and a link to websites where it can be pre-ordered at http://www.armedamerica.org.

    Thanks for taking the time to post about my images. I’m quite pleased with the photographs and I think the book itself reproduces them very nicely.

    Kyle Cassidy


    http://www.armedamerica.org
    http://www.kylecassidy.com

    Reply
  4. Garmachi and others may be surprised to find the wide range of answers I got from gun owners, several of whom echoed Garmachi’s comment almost exactly. I know it was a surprise to me while I was working on it.

    The book’s release has been pushed up to August 1, though it is currently available for pre-order from Amazon, Barns and Noble and Powells (some of them are offering a significant discount for pre-orders). There is more information and a link to websites where it can be pre-ordered at http://www.armedamerica.org.

    Thanks for taking the time to post about my images. I’m quite pleased with the photographs and I think the book itself reproduces them very nicely.

    Kyle Cassidy


    http://www.armedamerica.org
    http://www.kylecassidy.com

    Reply

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