People Are Sharing The Anxiety They Feel Being In Public Places After El Paso And Dayton

On Saturday, there were two mass shootings within 24 hours of one another. The first was in El Paso, Texas, at a Walmart. A 21-year-old gunman murdered 22 people, injuring many more. The second took place in Dayton, Ohio, outside of a popular bar in the city’s busy historic district. There, nine people were killed in less than 30 seconds. Police arrived quickly, and the shooter died at the scene. In El Paso, the shooter was apprehended and has been charged with capital murder.

The debate around gun control rises up every time there is a mass shooting, which happens with so much frequency, it’s easy to lose track of them. The high death count and close execution of these mass shootings have made them more notable, but on July 28, another mass shooting took place at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Four people died, including the gunman.

Mass shootings have become so common, that it takes a day as tragic and astonishing as Saturday to rise above the noise. But that doesn’t mean people are at peace with the situation. Activists and regular citizens are protesting the government’s refusal to ban assault weapons or take any demonstrable action towards real gun control.

People are also opening up about how their feelings about everyday safety have changed. On Twitter, folks started sharing how mass shootings have altered the way they live their lives.

It seems like there really is no safe place in public where you couldn’t potentially become a target of gun violence.

These stories are heartbreaking—and all too relatable.

Other people also said that the only thing that has alleviated their anxiety is taking part in politics, through protest, donations, or support of local causes and candidates that make them feel as though they’re working to transform their community for the better. There’s no way to know what will happen in future. There’s only the work we do now to make the world a better place.