Life After The Bullet chronicles the personal stories of survivors of gun violence, and the activists that are trying to help. The intention of this project is to allow people to tell their story in their own words. Some stories are heartbreaking and some are painful; some inspire faith, and some leave scars. But they are all told by real people.
Started in January of 2017 by Roosevelt University journalism students Peter Rubinstein and Dominic Gwinn, this multimedia reporting project blends traditional print journalism with videos and podcasts in order reach the largest audience possible. After months of shoe-leather reporting through some of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, they have uncovered gritty realities about the nature of gun violence, racism, police brutality, metropolitan politics and optimism in the face of adversity.
To date, Chicago has experienced almost 1,000 incidents of gun violence in 2017, and there are no signs it will slow down. It is the intention of the reporters to highlight some of the costs of gun violence so people and policy makers alike can better understand that the problem extends far past statistics on a spreadsheet. These are real people. These are survivors.