I'm really not a protective father.
I'm not the kind of father who runs onto the field when my kids get hurt during sporting events.
I'm the kind of father who's OK letting my 16-year-old daughter drive wherever she wants with her friends (my wife has other ideas).
Of course, that's not to say I wouldn't do anything to protect my girls.
But after hearing about the massacre in Orlando over the weekend, I find myself wondering if that's even possible.
Forty-nine people were killed early Sunday morning just having a fun night out at a club.
All of us have done that, right?
I'm sure when those 49 people left for the night, they never thought there was a chance they wouldn't come home.
Sadly, gun violence is becoming more and more common and the incidents seem to get more and more shocking.
Before the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, I never imagined a night at the movies could go wrong.
I was working that morning and watched it all unfold overnight.
I saw a preview of "The Dark Knight Rises" just days beforehand with some co-workers and was in shock as the details started to come out.
Even a day at school can be dangerous. Shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook taught me that.
When Columbine happened, it was unthinkable at the time.
Now that shooting seems mild compared to others which have happened since.
As my kids get older, I'm forced to let go a little more every day.
My oldest will be driving herself and her sister to school in the fall, and I'm happy about it. It's one less thing my wife has to handle in the morning.
They want to go to the movies, to the mall, or a concert? I'm fine with all those things.
I shouldn't have to worry, though, whether they'll make it home alive.
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