Photographer Joe Quint's powerful photo series "It Takes Us" puts a face to the over 32,000 gun-related deaths that take place in America every year.
"Akeal Christopher was shot and killed on his 15th birthday while on the way home from a party in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Despite bars, stores, and bodegas that were all open at the time of the shooting, no one has stepped forward to identify the shooter."
"Luis was 14 when he was shot and paralyzed. By his own admission, he made some bad choices when he was a kid. But those choices were born from a place of need — created by an absent father, a drug-addicted mother, and siblings who required food, shelter, clothing, and the occasional extras that other kids seemed to have. Today, Luis relies on a longtime friend and round-the-clock home healthcare aides for just about everything."
"Atiff — along with his nephew Troy — was shot during a robbery. Troy was hit once and killed almost immediately. Atiff was shot 15 times and lived, although he remains paralyzed from the neck down. His wife, Carissa, will need to care for him for the rest of his life."