Fear of Public Places is No Longer a Phobia


Courtesy of Tribune News Service.

A memorial poster near the scene of the San Bernardino shooting.

Travis Davis, Staff Reporter

Phobias are defined as irrational fears.  But fear of something that can really happen seems like it would be a reasonable thing.  These days it seems to many people, that just based on the news, it’s getting dangerous to go anywhere. As a famous singer once wrote, “The trouble with normal is, it always gets worse.”

With the release of the new Star Wars movie, many people have been in debate about going to see it. Not because of the movie itself, but because of all the shootings and bombings and bomb threats. There have been over 353 mass killings (defined as 4 or more victims by the FBI) in America this year. That works out to a public mass killing about every two weeks, according to USA Today. With those statistics include that 1 out of 6 of the mass killings are, in fact, public massacres.

These killings happen more frequently on the Southwest and West Coast of the U.S. Majority of these killings could’ve been prevented if the safety net had been followed through. Some things as mental history before giving out guns or enforcing existing gun control laws. With the recent San Bernardino shootings, some people may disagree with this but without a stricter law, our country will degrade into pure anarchy.

It doesn’t help that many of our running politicians aren’t dealing with this whatsoever. Instead, they’re more worried about a war over in the Middle East. Yes they’re our allies but how is the government going to help others when they can’t even help their own people? Many presidential candidates and state governors have been vocal about the Syrian refugees. Not to say we shouldn’t help them because that would be unethical, but the government should at least try to fix some of the problems the US already faces now before they let all these innocent people in.

People come to America to get a reset, to start a new life. Not for it to end as soon as the step off the plane. So is this something we’re going to label as a ‘normalcy’? Are we going to turn on the TV and hear about another school being shot up and say, “Oh. That’s sad. Honey, what’s for dinner?” Or hear bombs going off and just sit there thinking, “Ugh. ANOTHER bombing? We just had one a few weeks ago.  I hope the mall is still open.” Something like this shouldn’t be normalized as if it was a cool trend like smartphones. It should be addressed and put to rest once and for all.

[For more detailed statistics, go here.]