American History: We Love Our Guns (WARNING: Graphic content)
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The Big Parade presents Spooky Action Band's “We Love Our Guns”, an artistic, political look at the context of gun violence in America and our long, intertwined history with firearms. Whether they're presented as sexy in films and TV shows, the ultimate tool for a hero to save the day, to the controversy generated from school shooters and influence from violent video games, an open dialogue about the subject in our country is long overdue. For better or worse, we love our guns.
Directed by Zamp Nicall
Video Edited by Gabriel Acosta
Song Written by Zamp Nicall
Music Produced by Gregg Montante
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Lock stock and barrel! Guns and firearms have long been part of the history of America. From the founding fathers and the Revolutionary War to the present day.
Before the modern state of firearms, humans have a tradition of using gunpowder for explosive ends. Starting somewhere in Europe or Asia, likely China or Turkey, the first combination of charcoal, sulphur and saltpeter was made that would produce a quick burning or exploding powder, likely around the 13th century. Not soon after though, man created cannons, powerful weapons capable of sinking ships and wreaking havoc. But cannons were cumbersome and bulky, so the natural progression of thinking was to make them hand-held. “Hand cannons” actually existed as far as 1350, but had to be loaded and fired, with a match and wick, in the same fashion as normal cannons.
It took hundreds of years of development and experimentation to get to where we are today. In the early 15th century the “matchlock” solved the awkward problem of lighting each shot by using, essentially, a trigger which would ignite the match and firearm. From “matchlock” to the “wheellock” and “flintlock”, many derivatives were imagined and manufactured to innovate on the initial idea, mainly towards quicker reloads, accuracy, and range.
One point of improving accuracy came from archery. Archers knew that a slight angle on their arrows caused them to rotate in flight, which improved their abilities to hit their targets. Gunmakers applied this concept to gun barrels by cutting twisting grooves into the interior of the barrel (a la, the James Bond opening sequences).
Eventually the American long rifle came along, assisting pioneers in the New World with its longer barrel and wooden stock which extended the full length of the barrel. It aided early American families with increased accuracy allowing them to successfully colonize the North American continent. By the time the constitution was written, firearms were ubiquitous and even earned a place in the bill of rights, or the first 10 amendments in the constitution.
We Love Our Guns
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