Our latest mass shooting in America last Sunday in Las Vegas makes many of our countrymen wonder why we allow such weapons and ammunition for a single gunman to kill 59 people and injure over 500 others for no apparent reason.
Since a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in 2016, there have been over 500 mass shootings in the U.S., which the Gun Violence Archive defines as an event in which four or more individuals are shot or killed in the same time and location.
As a personal matter, I consulted an article written by Shelia A.M. Rauch, Ph.D., and associate professor at Emory University who has been providing treatment for PTSD and anxiety disorder for over 20 years, and what these events are doing to the individuals involved. Rauch knows dealing with a death is always upsetting, but violence like mass shootings steals the sense of safety that most people take for granted in their lives for themselves and those they care about.
Rauch knows that many wounded victims will have physical injuries that will require rehabilitation and medical interventions which may impede family and work functions. She believes survivors and families need support after the trauma of being in a mass shooting to help their recovery time. She believes parents should talk with their children about what happened with emphasis on the child’s awareness of what happened. As parents can provide a clear sense of safety for their children, it will reduce the impact of the event.
Professor Rauch notes the shootings with the largest death tolls have the biggest headlines. She says we seem to be less outraged with each mass shooting; and she finds this unacceptable and fears it will have a numbing effect on society.
Harold Hopp, Mason City