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    Twelve-year-old Mariah Moffatt checks her guns before going out to train with her father, Brian. The Moffatts, from Overgaard, Arizona, appeared on the show ‘Doomsday Preppers,’ which chronicles the lives of people preparing for apocalyptic scenarios. 

    Photo by Charles Ommanney from American Gun Stories

    “It was important for me, in light of what has been going on in America with all of the mass shootings and ongoing gun debate, as a foreigner, to understand their love and why this was so important to them and why guns are so important to so many people in this country”

    Photographer Charles Ommanney criss crossed the country, meeting gun owners and learning why they choose to bear arms. See more from American Gun Stories on Reportage, and now online at msnbc.

    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 16: A boy inspects a gun at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on April 16, 2005, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)

    See more of Charles’s photos of gun culture in America, here.

    As the gun control debate heats up in the US, we’ve been looking back at this great work by Zed Nelson.


    Mike, father and gun owner. “It’s my constitutional right to own a gun and protect my family.”  

    TIME originally published photographer Zed Nelson’s photo essay about American gun culture in 1998. In light of the recent incidents of mass gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin, Nelson revisits the work he started in the ‘90’s.

    See more photos here.

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