This is not to share my affiliation of which ever side of spectrum I fall on about the 2nd amendment. Its a little over two months since the horrible Las Vegas shooting occurred which took the lives of 58 people and changed the lives for hundreds. This was the deadliest mass shooting event in the history of the United States. The FBI has announced that active shooting incidents have been increasing every year and that the most common areas are places of commerce and education. However, since the locations have been varying, even churches are being prepared for future situations.
Active shooter training events are being held nationwide and for a good reason. People are fearful for the next event to make headlines. This calls for safety precautions of not only the incident and location but also the psychological analysis of detecting a potential active shooter. Back in October, the Ybor city development corporation teamed up with the Tampa police department to host an active shooter training event for the business owners of Ybor city. I was able to participate as a student of journalism looking for a story, yet I found myself learning life lessons I’ll never forget.
I was raised in the world after 9/11, where the words “terrorist” and “attack” make you think foreign. Although now, the most frightening words are “mass” and “shooting” that are also associated with domestic terrorism which occur more frequently. So today, when I walk into a restaurant I never keep my back to the door. Standing in the crowd at a concert I’m aware of every exit around me and I never lose myself in the music completely. My hearing has to stay keen in case I hear screaming or bullets in the distance. I even become concerned when a fellow co-worker is acting out of character because mental illness can trigger switches in people right underneath our noses.
This has become one of my fears. Yet, fears can be controlled therefore I read every headline. I stay updated on the news, statistics, and I involve myself to learn more about what I can do to prepare myself when the time comes. This is our world now, I think it’s important for the public to be aware of these situations. For more information, read “Active shooter training” on hawkeyenews.net