What We Talk about When We Talk about Guns

In the US, the response to gun violence has become numbingly routine. Following a mass shooting, familiar polar-opposite arguments emerge in sharp relief. Rhetoric soars; survivors grieve. Then the debate wanes until the next mass shooting.
Attempting to disrupt this pattern, TIME magazine’s project on guns photographed, filmed and spoke to 245 people from Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, DC, about their views on guns. Two unifying themes emerged—“responsibility and the need for extraordinary care around lethal force”—that have the potential to transform debate to conversation, and, maybe, to change.


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