Gun Nation the documentary was commissioned to mark 18 years since the publication of Zed Nelson’s seminal book of photos.
Nelson’s book featured photos of ordinary Americans with their guns and often with their children. In the documentary he returns to photograph them once again and ask why America is still so in love with the gun.
One of the more controversial images was of a father holding his very young child in one hand and a large hand gun in the other.
But the book did a good job of showing just how much the gun has made a mark on American culture with other photos featured a group of Memphis housewives comparing newly bought guns, 10 year-old Sarah who got a .410 shogun from Santa and a family who have over 50 guns between them.
Rather than focus on gangs and criminals, he photographed everyday middle class Americans who actually buy huge volumes of firearms.
Also shown are the results of gun shots, various gun shops and promotions and even the various bumper stickers you can get that promote gun ownership.
The idea was to highlight the paradox of the guns being both the ultimate symbol of personal freedom while at the same time being one of biggest threat to life, with more than 30,000 Americans being killed each year.
Indeed since the book was published more than half a million have died due to firearms.
Gun Nation won several prizes including the World Press Photo Contest.
Nelson visits each of the gun owners he photographed nearly two decades ago and looks into why attitudes are still so hard against gun control, despite the vast death toll.
The feature was commissioned by the Guardian and Bertha Foundation, Nelson directed.