Armed and opinionated! America's gun owners like you have never seen them as they speak out in four-year photography project
By Andy Milne
PUBLISHED: 10:47 EST, 25 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:09 EST, 25 January 2014
They have the right to bear arms, and these Americans are never going to let anyone take it away.
Some of the leading gun enthusiasts in the country have been interviewed and photographed over four years for a new book God, Guns & Guts by Ben Philippi.
The photographer asked his subjects - who range from families and their teenage children to more traditional male gun enthusiasts - to pose with their favorite firearms and explain why they hold them so dear.
Right to bear arms: Richard and Kathy Scheidel who live near Sandusky, Ohio. Mr Schneidel said: 'Idiots like Bloomberg, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer and others are trying to eliminate our shooting sport at all costs. Some states are improving the sport and unfortunately, others are becoming nanny-states where the State controls everything¿ especially firearms.'
And the result is a fascinating cross section of the country's gun owners who will never give up the right to defend themselves, whether it be from violent criminals or threats to their own personal freedom.