Why Americans May Be Desensitized to Gun Violence
Over Saturation: Constant exposure to violence on the news, tv, movies and video games
Denial: to stay sane we employ delusions such as “this can’t happen to me or in my community” Also aided by a belief in a “just world” that says if we are “good” and “behave” ourselves then harm will not befall us (this can also lead to victim blame).
Bystander Effect: When many people are there to witness a crime, atrocity or violent act we believe that “someone else” will step in to help or take action so we stand by idly and watch.
Compassion Fatigue: Constant exposure to trauma leaves us inured to it’s effects on our psyche and heart.
Learned Helplessness: We feel hopeless because we have tried to take action or witnessed others doing it and see no effect.
Is there an answer? Yes! Don’t give in to any of the above. Take action, get involved! There are myriad ways to help: sign petitions, write your representatives, march, protest, donate money to causes that support peace and/or an end to gun violence.