Four Things To Learn From Las Vegas Massacre
In a recent article by CNN, the controversy of the Las Vegas shooting is discussed. We all have our own opinions on what should be done to better protect the people from these types of events, stricter security, stricter gun laws, or maybe more surveillance. The article by CNN gives four ideas, all which could not be helpful.
An idea they present to us is increasing hotel security. This sounds simple enough right, but there are so many factors impeding from this happening. First off, the environment that this would set for people on vacation is just terrible. How am I supposed to enjoy my “relaxing time” when I see a security guard on every floor armed. Although this could make for a faster emergency response, it also seems a little hostile. Having stricter security is almost like invading someone’s privacy. Also, since there’s a lot of security people will feel like they are vulnerable to something which will make them not want to visit Las Vegas.
Another idea that the article proposed was having glass that met certain requirements, “Enhancing Window Protection” they called it. Basically what they meant by this was upgrading every window that faced the public to a certain thickness so that it was harder to break and be used as a sniper’s perch. First off let’s start off the basics, fixed framed window price. The price for a fixed frame window unit is about $200 for just the supplies and around 350 with the installation. If we multiply that number by how many windows are facing the public, which is basically every window in LAs Vegas, the cost would be millions and millions of dollars. There is no way that Vegas casinos would spend that much money on just windows.
The third idea they give is giving our law enforcement, and SWAT Teams, special “active shooting training”. Let’s be realistic, there’s probably a 5% chance that the training will actually work. The terrorist study for weeks, months, if not years every possible outcome of their malicious acts. For example the, the Boston Marathon Bombing. “Active shooter training” wouldn’t have an effect on that event since the shooters were camouflaged with the crowd and were able to get away. The active shooter training would have worked in the Las Vegas Shooting since they didn’t even know where the shots were coming from.
The only idea that maybe be someone what helpful is not demilitarizing the police. This means not taking away the privilege for law enforcement to carry high powered weapons. This could have played a good role in the Hollywood Bank Robbery. The two gunman that robbed the bank, both dressed in bulletproof clothing from head to toe, were armed with high powered weapons. The police, on the other hand, was only carrying pistols at the time. The bank robbers stood the ground for a good while spraying the police with bullets from every direction until SWAT showed up. Then the robbers didn’t stand a chance. However, the result could’ve been way more different if officers at the time were carrying high powered rifles like they are today.
From November 7 to December 24, 2004, the battle of Fallujah took place. In the war, 82 were killed and over 600 were injured. It’s heartbreaking that one man armed with an arsenal of rifles can replicate the same numbers. There isn’t one thing we can do to prevent this from happening. Sure we can make stricter gun laws, put bulletproof glass on every window, but let’s face it, someone will always find a way to accomplish whatever is on their mind.