Machine Gun Americana

By Jane Hwang - 2013-02-21T20:47:25Z

Photograph by Pete Muller

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The prominent role of weapons in the history of the American Midwest, both for practical purposes and protection, seems to inform, at least in part, contemporary attitudes toward guns. Some still cite the remoteness of many Midwestern communities and skeletal structure of law enforcement agencies assigned to protect them.

Left, Connie Moser, a local signer from the nearby border town of Neosho, Missouri, signs the national anthem before shooting commences.