The Many Faces Of United States Gun Culture

In 2013, British photographer Charles Ommanney went on a six-state tour of the United States in an attempt to shed light on American gun culture. Commissioned by the German magazine, Stern, Ommanney’s photos present an eye-opening vision where gun ownership has become normalized and an integral facet of so many people’s lives: fathers play with their children as a pistol hangs from their hips; assault rifles and handguns sprinkle the vanities of mothers; lily-white teens pose with their firearms as if showing off a corsage for a high school prom.

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Gun Culture Family

The Baker family poses with their other family members outside a dilapidated gas station in Ashburn, Georgia.

Gun Culture Baby

Strapped with a baby and a handgun, Miami realtor Loigrand De Angelis poses with his most prized "possessions".

Gun Culture Living Room

Lindsay Makowski and her bulldog in Silver Spring, Maryland. Makowski bought her firearms after a bad relationship.

Gun Culture Outdoors

The Moffatt family poses with their weaponry in Overgaard, Arizona. If they look familiar to you, that's because they've been featured on National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers".

Gun Culture Little Girls

The Moffatt girls (13 and 12 years old) pose with their pistols and assault rifles.

Gun Culture Obama

Representing the interesting niche of gun-owning Democrats, writer Dan Baum poses with his 19th century C96 Mauser.

Gun Culture Bedroom

Millicent Hunter relaxing with her pump-action shotgun in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Cards

Lotion, perfume and guns drape Millicent Hunter's vanity in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Wallpaper

16 year old Elizabeth Lamont from Virginia poses with one of her handguns (she owns two).

Gun Culture Pose

Dan Wilkins poses with his AR-15 at his home in Austin, Texas.

Gun Culture Shooting Range

Millicent Hunter (left) and her friends spend time together at a shooting range in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Baby Father

Never far from his baby or his gun, Loigrand De Angelis plays with with his son in his Miami, Florida home.

Gun Culture Outdoors

Brian Moffatt poses with his gun (left), and attorney Marc Victor holds tight to his assault rifle outside his office in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gun Culture Suburbs

Ann Asenbauer in Katy, Texas. Asenbauer opted to purchase her gun after police took too long to respond to an incident.

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