Theater shooting shakes Americans' sense of security

Parents at the park Friday were mindful of the Colorado shooting.
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People across the nation and in Indiana are dealing with their sense of security. It's hard not to dwell on what happened in Aurora, Colorado.

Emily Hammon took her three children to Holliday Park on the north side of Indianapolis Friday morning, with a special message.

"On the way here I said, 'this is a park we don't go to. You need to be aware there are strangers here. You need to be aware of where you are and where I am and what's happening around you.' That's specifically because of what happened last night," said Hammon.

Hammon, who has family and friends in the Denver area, said, "It just brings up Columbine and the whole thing and it hurts. It's painful and we prayed for everyone this morning."

Kimble Richardson is a licensed mental health counselor at the St. Vincent Stress Center.

"It really shakes people's sense of safety and sense of what happened. Could it happen to me?" he said.

Richardson said that was especially true for parents.

"It makes them pause to think what could happen if I allow my child to go [to the movies], especially to a midnight showing? Perhaps accompanied by other adults?" he said.

While mass murders are extremely rare, he said the constant coverage can heighten fears.

"It's not healthy to watch over and over. It does re-traumatize people," Richardson said.

But he also said families should talk about what happened and address any concerns. Matt Riley, with his three children at Holliday Park, agreed.

"It's kind of a learning experience, because it's about right or wrong," he said. "But it's something you don't want to have to explain, especially if you live closer by or it was someone they knew."

Richardson said what's key is striking the right balance.

"We do unfortunately live in a day and age where you need to be a little more cautious but you have to live and love life as well," he said.

Hammon it was a message she would continue to share with her children.

"I think random acts happen and you can't be prepared and you can't be scared. You just have to go about daily life but be aware," she said.