After the December shooting in Sandy Hook, the debate about guns in the United States is more intense than ever with passionate and emotive arguments on both sides. Some believe tighter gun controls are necessary to curb violent crime - but for many Americans owning a gun is a fundamental right, a practical necessity and a crucial piece of their identity.
In his home state of Vermont, writer and journalist D.D. Guttenplan explores the cultural and historical roots of America's love affair with guns. It's one of the most liberal states, but also one of the easiest places in the U.S. to buy and carry a gun. He meets gun owners from across the political spectrum and discovers how and why guns have become such a central part of life in America.
Producer: Peggy Sutton
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.