One in three agreed “strongly” or “somewhat” with the statement “Fear of a mass shooting prevents me from going to certain places and/or events” in a new survey reported by Tribune News Service. Mass shootings are causing stress and behavioral changes for millions who are not directly affected. The American Psychological Association commissioned the poll after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. One in five adults said they “often” or “constantly” experienced stress from the possibility of a mass shooting. The responses varied by race or ethnic group. The proportion that reported such stress was highest among Hispanic adults, at 32 percent, followed by 25 percent of blacks/African Americans and 15 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
“We don’t have to experience these events directly for them to affect us,” said Arthur Evans, CEO of the psychology organization. Asked if they allowed fear of a mass shooting to change how they lived, 24 percent of survey respondents said they strongly or somewhat agreed. Thirty-two percent agreed strongly or somewhat with the statement “I can’t go anywhere without worrying about being a victim of a mass shooting.” The online survey was conducted on behalf of the psychological association by the Harris Poll between Aug. 8 and 12.