There are times in your life that you will ALWAY remember. WHERE you were, WHAT you were doing. I can recall many times feeling that awful gut-punch the moment I heard about another Mass Shooting in the United States. The horror of lives lost by a lunatic. Innocent people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The date was October 2nd, 2017 - the morning after the carnage that unraveled in Las Vegas - where a coward shot and killed 58 people and left more than 500 others injured. The deadliest mass shooting in our country's history. I remember at the time just how much it affected people all over the United States, my boss at the time even expressed how she would be 'extra cautious' doing normal things. like going to a movie theatre - casing out all the exits, and playing out a "what if" scenario should a shooter start blasting away.

School shootings all across the country almost became a routine, I remember someone saying "Ahh there were only five people killed" - ONLY? We starting becoming numb to the terror. So, what defines a "mass shooting?" How many lives does it merit some insane moron to claim his or her tag to such a thing? This is how gunviolencearchive breaks down "a mass shooting as an event with a minimum of four victims killed or injured, not including shooters who may also have been killed or injured at the time."

For a more detailed look - here is a chart compiled by KELOLANDcomDigital breaking down the 2021 mass shooting deaths per state:

The only thing we can do is be more aware of our surroundings, be one step ahead..just in case a situation develops.