Of all the firearms in the world owned by private citizens for non-military purposes, half are in the United States. Numerically they exceed the country’s population: 393 million for 372 million people. This is no coincidence, nor a matter of market alone: but of tradition and Constitutional guarantee.
It is the history of the Second Amendment, ratified in 1791 to reassure the inhabitants of the newly independent territories. Two hundred and fifty years later, it is still entrenched in all aspects of American life. This book frames its current status through what are seen as four fundamental American values: Family, Freedom, Passion, Style.
Gabriele Galimberti has travelled throughout the USA, from New York City to Honolulu, to meet proud gun-owners and see their firearms collections. He has photographed people and guns in their homes and neighbourhoods, including locations where no one would expect to find such collections. These often unsettling portraits, along with the accompanying stories, provide an uncommon and unexpected insight into what today is really represented by the institution of the Second Amendment.
Gabriele Galimberti is an award-winning Italian photographer who works on long-term projects around the world, several of which have become books including The Heavens, published by Dewi Lewis in 2015. He has exhibited in shows worldwide and recently became a National Geographic photographer.
Gea Scancarello is an Italian journalist and author whose work has appeared in Italian and foreign media. She has published two previous books “Mi fido di te” (Chiarelettere, 2015) and “Addicted” (Hoepli, 2020).