The complexity of the gun debate in this country is something many outside America cannot fully comprehend. It divides America along cultural, political and regional lines. All too often public discourse about regulation of the nation’s more than 350 million guns—or more than one per person—is reduced to fruitless shouting contests. As a gun owner myself, I understand the complexity of the issue, but I must admit, when photographing the funeral of yet another child taken by gun violence, it doesn’t seem that complex anymore. At what point do we say enough is enough and find compromise?
Britta McNeal cries as she sees her son for the first time after he was shot to death. Chaise Sherrors, 17, was shot and killed on Detroit’s East Side just weeks after his good friend JeíRean Nobles was shot to death in the same neighborhood. McNeal lost her 14-year-old son a year earlier, also shot. Detroit’s East Side is the poorest, most violent part of the nation’s poorest, most violent big city. Photo: Danny Wilcox Frazier/VII Photo
X-Ray of gunshot victims: shotgun blast to chest and throat, bullet to head, Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Danny Wilcox Frazier/VII Photo
Body bags fill a cooler at the Wayne County morgue; the deceased unclaimed, often due to relative’s inability to pay for a loved one’s burial. Photo: Danny Wilcox Frazier/VII Photo