Guns are a pervasive element in our lives whether we seek them out or not. They creep into music lyrics, find their way into art, and are fixtures of Hollywood blockbusters. Bullets find New Yorkers while they’re on the bus, waiting for a haircut, or just relaxing at a house party. Guns and gun violence are an unavoidable fact of New York life. But for every firearm that is used to commit a crime, there is someone using a gun to hunt for quail or as a monthly stress release at a gun club in Chelsea.
As of February 2015, 69,680 New York State residents are registered gun owners, but gun advocates estimate that the state harbors more than a million assault rifle owners alone.
That the number of shootings have dipped in recent years does little to weaken the impact of the bullets that are fired, guns that are sold illegally, or lives that are lost. Some people love guns; some hate them; many of us in New York are touched by them. Here are some of their stories. Visit Guns of New York >>>