As the number of mass shootings increase, compassion tends to decrease. Compassion is our ability to emotionally feel the pain of others combined with a desire to help. Our brains are wired to respond strongly to unexpected, surprise events.
Think about the difference between living in Washington D.C. vs. visiting Washington D.C. As a visitor, you’re awed by the monuments, history and sight seeing. But, as a local, the big city with its touristic draw loses its appeal. This psychological phenomena is called desensitization.