Gun violence impacts more than just victims and suspects

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(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People hurt by gun violence say it impacts more than just the victim and suspect.

“Don’t they think about the consequences when they shoot somebody? Don’t they think about what all the family has to go through?” asked Deirdra Cox.

As a mother of two young men, Cox does what she can to keep them from becoming victims.

“I pray all the time about gun violence in my neighborhood,” she told News 2.

Cox knows what it is like to lose a loved one to a shooting. Her father was murdered and two cousins both killed.

“Someone tried to rob him. He used to sell food from a truck and he just got robbed one day,” Cox remembered.

That is why she is part of Moms Demand Action.

“People are taking a more proactive approach as gun violence continues to impact our community. From 2010 to 2015, there were 515 deaths as a result of someone pulling a trigger,” she said.

Cox told News 2 Nashville today is much different than when she was young, and not in a positive way.

“It is not just north Nashville, it is happening all over.”

She also sees violence in her own north Nashville neighborhood.

“Last week, we heard a couple of gun shots. I just jumped and yelled out my son’s name,” she said. “They just shoot people, like, don’t have any value for human life.”

Cox feels the change will start with young people but the gun violence will get worse if that change does not happen soon.

“I hope we don’t become like Chicago where they’ve just had so many people killed by gun violence in the African American community,” she said.

Out of the 515 firearm deaths in Nashville, 46 percent of them were homicides, 51 percent were suicides and 13 ruled accidental or unknown.