Award-winning photojournalist Louie Palu, who has spent time on the ground in Afghanistan, told HuffPost Live Thursday that it's easier to get guns in the U.S. than it is in a war zone.

"I was in a war zone for five years -- I could get guns faster, better quality and more ammunition in the United States than in Afghanistan," Palu told HuffPost Live host Jacob Soboroff.

Palu's comments came during a segment looking into international perspectives of gun violence in the U.S. in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

Palu's work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time magazine, Foreign Policy magazine, The Atlantic, Newsweek and The Economist.

From Foreign Policy:

Photographer Louie Palu began visiting Kandahar, a southern province that is one of Afghanistan's largest, in 2006, as the insurgency returned with new violence and urgency, permanently changing the tenor of the war. Originally overlooked by most Western media outlets, the region eventually became the focal point of the fight against the Taliban. Rather than focus on specific battles, Palu's portraits look at the region over the course of years, charting the evolution of one of the region's most beautiful -- and violent -- areas.

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