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Recent movie theater shooting causes jitters

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A recent shooting over texting in a movie theatre has some people wondering if there are any places left that are still considered safe.

At movie theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse, they have a strict policy about not using your phone during a movie. At the most, the person could get kicked out by security, but others now have the fear of something else happening.

Madison Young and Elaine Zhang say they shouldn't have to think twice before going to see a movie.

"Just kind of shocked that anyone would do that you know, because it's so pointless...it's kind of like what is our society coming to that you would shoot someone over texting?" Zhang said.

They know it's a situation that could happen to anyone.

"It kinda makes you think about why it's legal that people can conceal weapons," Zhang said.

Causing other people to be so emotionally distraught that they avoid public places. Diana Damer is the director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin.

"For other people it's a fear of being attacked by a stranger," Damer said.

She says that's a real problem that 5 to 10-percent of her clients face.

"When people have anxiety they tend to make one of two errors, they either over-estimate the likelihood of a negative event or they over-estimate the severity of the consequences of a negative event," Damer said.

She says the best thing to do is slowly confront the fear.

"The more that we try to protect ourselves and the more we try to seek out certainty and keep ourselves safe, all the things we try to do in the short run to make ourselves better end up making things worse in the long run," Damer said.

If you're in an escalated situation, when is self-defense or deadly force justifiable? FOX 7 asked a former prosecutor to explain both for us.

"You believed that you had to defend yourself by using force because you felt it was immediately necessary to protect yourself, your property or someone near you, a third person, and that was the only means to do it. When you're talking about deadly force you add a different layer, a second layer which would be...you believed that you're in fear or in jeopardy of that person causing serious bodily injury or death to you," said Mindy Montford, former prosecutor.

Under state law verbal provocation alone, such as a threat or name-calling, is not enough to justify deadly force.

We're told many cases we hear about in Texas are one's that involve a homeowner, where they exercise their right to defend themselves, their home or property.

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