The Many Faces Of United States Gun Culture

April 2, 2014

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.

The result is an unconventional narrative on American gun culture: in none of Ommanney’s shots did he seek to caricature or overly critique his subjects in a typical NRA bashing. Instead, Ommanney sought to simply present the intersection of fear, values and politics in its most distilled form: within the American home. Equal parts chilling and mystifying, more of Ommanney’s political and documentary photography can be found on his website.

Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen

March 26, 2014

Al Capones Soup Kitchen

As US officials inched ever closer to infiltrating and apprehending Al Capone in 1930, the infamous gangster decided that it was high time to generate some good publicity while he still could. Thus, Capone opened up a soup kitchen in one of Chicago’s poorest and most crime filled neighborhoods. On Thanksgiving, Capone famously fed over 5,000 of the Windy City’s most vulnerable constituents. Things went as planned–at least for a time–and the press lauded the gangster for his charitable endeavors. Ultimately, though, this positive coverage only enraged the feds, who then ordered closer surveillance of Capone. A little under a year later, Capone’s new home was the slammer.

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School Around The Country

March 22, 2014

Snow It Takes To Cancel School

Take note, truants. If you want to make like a bear and sleep through winter, you might want to make a move down south.

An Astonishing Map Of US Economic Activity

March 16, 2014

US Economic Activity Map

The economic activity New York City conducts in a day is what many other cities see in a year. The country’s biggest economic region and the world’s second largest city economy outside of Tokyo, as of 2010 the city had a gross metropolitan product of $1.28 trillion.

The 4 Craziest Conspiracies That Were Totally True

March 10, 2014
True Conspiracies White House

Source: Wikipedia

True Conspiracies: The Business Plot

Imagine the United States of America ruled by a fascist dictatorship. Not the kind your uncle is always complaining about, mind you, but a real one with an actual goose-stepping il Duce type giving orders to the president on all matters of policy. That almost happened in 1933, when a group of American businessmen tried to install a retired Marine Corps general as a shadow dictator to offset the perceived threat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Of course, by “almost happened,” it’s more accurate to say that the conspirators were caught before they even got close to throwing the switch on their plans. All the same, the Business Plotters, as they came to be known, did manage to give the hilariously named McCormack-Dickstein Committee a light workout as it exposed a group of conspirators that included the heads of General Motors and Chase Manhattan Bank, a French fascist organization called the “Arrow Cross,” and at least one future US Senator, Prescott Bush (yes, that Bush).

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50 Interesting Facts About The 50 US State Capitals

March 9, 2014

Brushing up on your geography skills and packing your cranium with conversation-starting factoids in 10 minutes? This video is a godsend.