So what can we do? Shikha Dalmia:
How about focusing less on preemptively thwarting prospective attackers and instead boosting the defensive capacities of prospective victims.
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Employ modest firearm restrictions that can be enforced, sure. But also, encourage private entities to step up their own lines of defense.
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As I have written previously, that kind of thing would never happen in my home country of India, where after the 2011 Mumbai attack, every hotel runs every car, every piece of luggage, and every hand bag through a metal detector. Ditto for movie theaters and malls. Neighborhoods have installed their own private guards.
One reason Indians are taking security into their own hands is that their government is so inept that Indians have no illusions that it will protect them. But even where the government is more functional, it can’t be omnipresent — and protect everyone from every single threat.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association declared after the Las Vegas shooting that it will re-evaluate the industry’s security protocols. That’s good. Other industries should follow suit.
Yep, inept government. Government can’t be all things to all people. Governments at all level need to stick to its core constitutional responsibilities and leave the rest to the people.