Time Magazine interviewed 245 people on one of the nations biggest political topics. Guns In America. Time got together with the acclaimed Muralist @jr, who is known for his murals that portray complicated social issues, to photograph and film 245 Americans in an effort to cover both sides of the discussion over guns in America. Among those interviewed are gun owners and enthusiasts, Activist with opposing views, Doctors, and policy makers. Each of these individuals were given a 3 minute slot in order to share their thoughts on the topic without interruption. The exhibit will travel the country as an 18ft video mural visiting various museums and institutions. If you visit Times website you can click on each person and hear their story. As you can imagine some people were a bit hesitant to talk to time with concerns that their words would be changed.
The participants signed a contract stating that TIME could edit their words however Time pleased though again reassured everyone their words would not be twisted or misconstrued The photos were shot in a green room. Each individual posed with their firearms in a variety of positions.
After the photo shoot each individual participated in a 3 min audio session in which they were able to voice their opinion about the gun issue in america. Some were even invited to shoot a video session afterward.
According to TIME the reasoning behind such a project is when the topic is the Second Amendment, the exercise of the First Amendment lately amounts to talking past one another. The gun debate stands frozen in stalemate, advocates unable to agree even on the meaning of words. When one side appeals for “commonsense gun controls,” the other hears only “control.” When some say “law-abiding gun owners,” others only hear “gun.”
HMFIC TJ Kirgin aka Sig Glockncolt was chosen, along with others, to represent his thoughts about the debate over guns in America. His picture, and story will be featured in a fold out cover of TIME coming to news stands.
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325 million people. More than 265 million guns. 35,000 deaths a year. And one 227-year-old constitutional right. To tell this uniquely American story, we worked with @time. In three U.S. cities profoundly affected by guns—Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.—we invited people to share their views and describe their experiences in a search for common ground. In all, we filmed and photographed 245 people—hunters and activists, teachers and police officers, parents and children—to create this mural for TIME’s November 5, 2018, cover. Explore the full project at TIME.com/guns-in-america @time
@jr lived up to his word and delivered an art project at a magazine feature that brings both sides of this discussion together and allows us to speak our minds without interruptions from opposing views. We urge each and everyone of you to visits Times page and click on every one of the 248 people and listen to their story even click on some of the other folks that appear to be in opposition of your views and let your mind open a bit.