knapplc wrote:Karoz I know that what you're saying is well-intentioned, but it's just not practical in a free society. It essentially makes the presumption of danger when the whole premise of America is freedom, which means I shouldn't have to prove that I'm "safe" to get into the mall.
I'd like to have seen something happen to avoid this, too - but that kind of security is not a world I want to live in.
As for this mall, I've been there about 1,000 times. They have security on patrol (armed I think) and it's in a good neighborhood. I've never felt anything other than safe there and I have taken my daughter shopping there several times.
And just so everyone knows - this mall is about a dozen blocks from ORS' house. This is something that is striking very close to the home of one of our most well-known Cafe friends.
While I do understand what you're saying, I have to disagree with the notion that this would be an unbearable level of security. I certainly do not want the United States to turn into a country of security checkpoints and constant surveillance. However, ignoring the need for some sort of new measure would be a mistake. Right now, nothing is being done to prevent the weapons from entering the building, which makes all of the other measures seem somewhat futile.
I'm not suggesting that our malls should resemble military bases. However, the security right now is set up to deal with an incident during or after it occurs. To prevent a massacre, the guard has to see the weapon before it is used, which would be almost impossible in a crowded mall. That means that the guard will most likely only become aware of an incident after
shots have been fired. What does that accomplish?
All I am suggesting is that they implement some form of security to help keep crazed individuals from bringing weapons into the store. As I said, having measures in place to take care of the incident after it happens really defeats the purpose, if you don't have a preventive measure in place as well.
This would not infringe upon your civil liberties, nor would it be much of a hassle if done correctly. Perhaps if this measure were to be put in place, some of the security within the mall itself could be lessened.
Again, I am adamantly opposed to the idea of having excessive security, which this would not be.
Also, I'm glad to hear that you and your family are safe, ORS.