When I go to the movies, I get scared.
I'm scared of someone coming in with a gun and open firing.
So I look for the quickest exit always.
I know that I am not the only one who does this. There are hundreds of others who don't feel safe doing everyday normal things that people should feel safe doing.
It's hard just to feel safe when going to church anymore. Or going to the store to get school supplies. Or going out at night with friends.
No matter where you are, who you are, the time of day, or any other definitive factor, we are all at risk at all times.
How incredibly scary is that?
With 250 mass shootings alone just this year in America it is becoming more and more evident to people that something has to change.
Because it isn't right that people can't practice their own religion without being afraid, or that people can't go see a movie without fearing for their lives.
People in other countries have guns, but yet they don't have nearly as many mass shootings as us.
How many more shootings need to happen before something is done about this? We can't just keep letting it happen and mourn and move on just for it to happen again.
Something proactive needs to be done.
Everyone has different opinions on what exactly needs to be done, but at the end of the day it can't be about gun control versus the right to bear arms or Republican versus Democrat. It just simply needs to be about what can help end this.
As for what everyone can be doing to help prevent more shootings, we need to make sure that when someone exhibits signs that may lead them to do something like this, that it is taken seriously and not just swept under the carpet. And we need to ban together, regardless of political party, beliefs, gender, sexuality, or whatever it may be that we 'think' separates us, because it is an issue that can affect ALL of us, so to fight it, we all need to be trying to work together to get the best solution for this generation and the next.