5 Mar 2018


WORDS x Eskapee & MEL Films

Talking about guns in the USA is a touchy subject. It’s kind of like talking about politics and religion however neither of those two where engineered (deliberately) to kill something. No matter where you stand on the gun debate this beautifully shot and edited mini-documentary presents a side of the USA’s gun management and tracing system that shows the scale and magnitude of that the country faces. Personally. we’d go stir crazy doing this type of work day-in-day-out.

“When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day — all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. This is nothing like those cop shows you watch. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there’s a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it’s truly a sight to behold.”