'People are numbing themselves because they feel powerless'

People cry as a law enforcement motorcade escorts the body of Ventura County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Ron Helus from the Los Robles Regional Medical Center Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after a gunman opened fire Wednesday evening inside a country music bar, killing multiple people including Helus. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - A mass shooting has become increasingly common these days, with another day, comes another tragic headline.

"You do become a little desensitized because you can't experience every single shooting deeply, because it's happening everyday,” said Dr. Ryan Scott, with Vista Counseling.

Dr. Scott is a licensed psychologist here in Eugene who currently treats families touched by mass shootings.

“People are numbing themselves because they feel powerless, they feel like they can't change and it does feel very stuck right now where it's hard to see how it goes forward and make positive changes,” said Dr. Scott.

According to gun safety groups, nearly 1 in 3 victims of mass shootings in the US is a child.

Scott says talking to your kids about the violence is important, but how depends on age.

“Kids on the playground are talking about shootings that happen, particularly shootings that happen at a school,” said Dr. Scott. “It comes up so not avoiding it, giving them space to talk about it is really important, reassuring them that realistically they're very safe.”

Monique Carroll is a mother of two, under the age of twelve.

“If anything were to happen at their school or if anything were to happen if we were out, where do we go, who do they talk to,” said Carroll. “But we try and not make this feel like something that's going to happen, but I think my husband and I feel like it's important to be prepared.”

Carroll says she tries to not let these tragedies become the norm.

“I think it still feels kind of removed from our daily life and I think that's what most people feel when it happens, to them too,” said Carroll. “But it's unfortunate it's happening... I think we do our best to create a safe community for our kids.”

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