I have been working as a photojournalist since before I graduated from high school in 1987. My career has allowed me to see the best and worst in mankind, the experiences which help shape my beliefs and morals.

While truly believing in a “take no sides” approach to my career, I’ve covered the Million Mom March and the first day of hunting season. I’ve photographed countless murders and shootings, and produced a video on a youth trap team. I’ve worked hard over the years to keep my personal feeling aside while photographing events that I may agree with or adamantly oppose.

Through all my experiences I have found that each person has to be responsible for themselves. In the darkest of times, no hero will come to save us and we are each responsible for our own lives. For me, that responsibility includes the safety, and the security of my family. For that reason I’ve chosen to own firearms.

There are countless reasons I might state for being a gun owner. I grew up around guns and hunting. I enjoy target shooting. Because it is my Constitutional right. For me it is because I’ve realized that the police, as hard as they may try, can not provide my security. As much as I wish for a world where violence was taboo, where evil didn’t exist, I know that sometimes a firearm is the only thing that stands between those darkest of times and living on to the day when I can walk my daughters down the aisle or hold a new-born grandchild.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Photo by Jeff Hixon


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