Tweets Show Everyone Is Afraid They'll Be In The Next Mass Shooting

Two Mass Shootings In One Weekend Have People Panicking That They’ll Be Next

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No one can predict when or where the next American mass shooting will happen, but we know it will and we’re all scared

Americans went to bed Saturday with news still breaking from a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 20 people dead and 26 injured. Then they woke up Sunday morning to breaking news from a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where nine more people were killed and 27 more injured. Those were the 250th and 251st mass shootings to happen in the U.S. so far this year. This year. They happen so frequently, and our lawmakers refuse to do anything to protect us from them. It leaves us with the knowledge that another shooting will happen, but we don’t know when or where — or if we’ll be part of it this time.

People are tweeting about the new kind of anxiety they feel every time they go into crowded or public spaces and are forced to think about the possibility that someone could open fire at any moment. Not only are the tweets heartbreaking, but they’re relatable, because these are thoughts that every American now confronts.