Shooting renews movie security issue
Will industry put in costly system for its patrons?
LOS ANGELES — Melissa Holt took in “Minions” at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Friday with little worry about her safety.
But the day after the deadly shootings at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., Holt said she’d be OK with additional security measures at theaters.
“If that’s something they need to keep people safe, they should do it,” said Holt, 42, a cinematographer. “I could see how you could sneak in with guns.”...
John Russell Houser, a 59-year-old drifter, opened fire at Lafayette’s Grand Theatre on Thursday night, killing two people and injuring nine before turning killing hiself, according to authorities.
The shootings renewed the debate on security that began three years ago when a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
Increasing security at the nation’s 5,000 theaters would be expensive. Walk-through metal detectors, for example, can cost about $5,000. In addition to the price of such devices, security systems require training personnel and paying their wages.
Maintaining a strong security installation at a multiplex could cost between $250,000 and $1 million a year, according to security consultant Michael Dorn. Such a system would include metal detectors, X-ray machines, workers to operate those devices and additional armed security.
“There’s a difference between having a metal detector at the door and actually having effective screening,” said Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit that consults schools and other facilities about security. “My fear is that we may see theaters throw in metal detectors without proper utilization...”
First Ms Holt, if you are so scared of going to a theater I suggest not going to ArcLight. You need to get back home under your bed. Hate to tell you this but this won't stop anyone. I could just walk in, shoot the TSA wanna be at the x-ray machine and then start shooting up the rest of the assembled minions in the line. The problem is not the gun, it's the people who uses the gun.
But I'm recalling the works of B Hussein Obama and his love for crisis, "There is great opportunity in times of great crisis." Remember how the airline industry suffered in the time after 9/11 and again they have not fully recovered from the federal "help" of the TSA, etc. This has not made flying safer, just more inconvenient and expensive. If you think differently, please tell me when the TSA has stopped a terrorist event. Or what will TSA do if an active shooter shows up at the airport. Like most people, they will run away from the threat and the cops will move forward.
If anything this shows again the disaster of "Gun Free Zones". What they are is showing a target rich environment but I guess reality is not in vogue right now. Guys, again, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
If this happens, the theater industry is doomed. People are already deciding to go to other forms of entertainment as a movie is not worth the aggravation and cost anymore. If one has to go through a TSA like pat down to pay 25 bucks for a bad movie with overprices cokes and popcorn, I think not. I'll watch my Married with Children videos.