GUN OWNERS IN AMERICA
This is a selection of illustrations that were conceived to be featured in a recent article for the New York Times Magazine about the various types of gun owners in America. The owners are paired with illustrations of their preferred gun along with a statement on what gun rights mean to them. These illustrations are meant to be empathetic and an impartial portrait of these Americans as they tell their story with their own words.
“GUNS ARE THE MUST HAVE TOOL YOU HOPE YOU NEVER USE. BUT I'M PREPARED TO USE MINE IF NEEDED”
“I THINK BOTH THE SINGLE-MINDED GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES AS WELL AS THE SINGLE-ISSUE GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES ARE ENDANGERING GUN OWNERSHIP. THAT’S A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT.”
“I GREW UP AROUND FIREARMS AND OWNING A GUN IS FUN. BUT THEY'RE SERIOUS BUSINESS AND DESERVE RESPECT. THEY CAN BE A DANGEROUS WEAPON WHEN THEY ARE IN THE WRONG HANDS.”
“I THINK THERE IS GUN VIOLENCE DUE TO THE UNDERFUNDING OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS THAT WOULD PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE SERVICES NECESSARY TO REDUCE POVERTY IN OUR POPULATION."
“STOPPING VIOLENCE IS IMPOSSIBLE. IT’S HUMAN NATURE, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN PROTECT SOMEONE FROM VIOLENCE IS TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.”