“We Mean You No Harm”
NOTE: This broadside is one of six published for our “Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture” special feature.
What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to the topic “Guns in American Culture”? Artist Osceola Refetoff: This portrait addresses assumptions behind the one-dimensional caricature of the “gun nut,” which can generate an unhelpful sense of otherness and suspicion.
Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about this subject? Poet Gregory Stapp: The people pictured there, you fall in love with them right away because they look so content and kind… it presents a positive image of gun ownership while suggesting a darker, unspoken image of gun ownership.