Mark Hirsch

Through the lens of identity, gun culture in America is saturated with contradictions and oddities. CEOs and Politicians make passionate, deeply personal speeches to defend America's right to bear arms in any form, quantity, and setting they wish. Meanwhile, they support a machine that throws money at the issue with oozie-like frequency, dispassion, and, often, anonymity.

We see identity in the victims and the families that are affected by gun well as the perpetrators of that violence. Yet, within the aggregate of violent events in this country, these identities melt away into statistics and their memory location is re-allocated to the identities of those in the next shooting.

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In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, one of the three agencies of the human personality, along with the ego and superego. The oldest of these psychic realms in development, it contains the psychic content related to the primitive instincts of the body, notably sex and aggression, as well as all psychic material that is inherited and present at birth. The id (Latin for "it") is oblivious of the external world and unaware of the passage of time. Devoid of organization, knowing neither logic nor reason, it has the ability to harbour acutely conflicting or mutually contradictory impulses side by side. (

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