It's perfectly normal to fear the unknown. That's called being human.
Education tends to either mitigate or remove that fear entirely. I used to be completely scared of spiders. Then I did a project in grade four on spiders and I felt way better about them. Sounds stupid? Maybe, but it did change things.
This certainly sucks, though. The CA airsoft scene is pretty awesome, lots of good guys down there. I'd hate for this to happen.
Age Verifier - Lower Vancouver Island
Brotherhood of Nod - Nod Prime || Vancouver Island Airsoft League - President