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For the last seven years, Carlos Javier Ortiz has been spending countless hours photographing families affected by gun violence. His images – emotionally striking and sometimes disturbing – illustrate in stark detail "what happens to young people and their families after they've been shot," he said.
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December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut jarred parents and teachers around Ohio. Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini documented a concealed weapons course for school personnel in South Point school district in southern Ohio, where it borders Kentucky and West Virginia.
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Heidi Lender had never liked guns, but since the guy she was dating collected guns, she decided she had to try to understand his draw to them. Lender took self-portraits with different guns. She then visited a shooting range to fire a rifle for the first time, using her self-portraits as targets.
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Denver-based photographer Matt Slaby has been documenting gun culture in Colorado since just before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that gun ownership is an individual right protected under the Second Amendment. Since then, he has photographed the wide variety of gun owners he has come across.
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A year ago, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation, splitting from Sudan as part of a peace deal that ended decades of civil war. But the widespread availability of guns has made it difficult to deter violence in the region. “When wars end, peace does not necessarily arrive,” photographer Trevor Snapp says.