In My Backyard
In My Backyard
Season 2 Episode #22 - STORIES: The Lasting Impact of Surviving Gun Violence

The Center for Disease Control reports that 48,830 people died from gun-related injuries in the United States in 2021 (last year with available data). These horrific statistics only tell a part of the story. They don’t count people who are shot but survive and the witnesses who are left forever changed by the experience.

Today’s podcast is the fifth installment of the “In My Backyard” series: STORIES and a follow up conversation from our last episode, where we learned about the dynamics of mass shooters. Today, we will get the victim and survivor perspective. Patricia speaks with Jakoby Mitchell, a Survivor Fellow with Everytown Survivor Network and a volunteer with Students Demand Action. Jakoby, along with his siblings, witnessed the shooting of his mother when he was only nine years old.

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