The largest mass shooting in modern times, when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire at a venue of concert goers in Las Vegas, killing 59 and injuring 500 more people.
The past few days there has been a mixture of sadness, and some have even gone and politicized the shooting to discuss gun control. Out of all the conversations on what could have been done about the shooting, security and what to do next time to prevent something like this from reoccurring seems to be overshadowed.
Security experts are currently divided on what can be done to better protect their guests in the future.
Fred Del Marva, a hospitality expert who also works as a legal security consultant for bars, casinos, and hotels in Las Vegas said, “The bottom line is, they couldn’t prevent it.” He also told Fox News, “This is nothing but a random act of violence that couldn’t have been prevented. I’ve been wracking my brain, and I just can’t see it.”
Del Marva then told Fox that hotels and casinos have the “worst security” of any other industry and that there are other security issues to deal with separate from the current issues. “[Security] is supposed to prevent and deter what’s reasonable and foreseeable… The problem that’s going to exist now — and this is very important — it was not foreseeable that a guy was going to check in with 15, 25 rifles … Now it’s foreseeable,”
CBS News had Homeland Security advisor Fran Townsend on Monday, Townsend told them that Mandalay Bay was a “soft target”, because of the “multiple points of entry” at the resort.
In a 2016 September interview the CEO of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn agreed and told KTNV that Las Vegas was a “target city.” He has since attempted to harden the target that is Wynn Resorts by employing Marines at the opening of his buildings. Wynn also has “non-visible” metal detectors at every entrance at his hotel.
Martin Cronin the CEO of Patriot One Technologies created the “non-visible” metal detectors at Wynn’s hotel, and he said he’s seen a spike in interest over his product. The metal detectors are hidden behind walls, and floorboards, and can alert if a guest is carrying guns or knives. Cronin told Fox news:
“There’s just such a crying need for solutions to mass violence, we have to balance freedom and liberty with safety and security… people don’t want to stop going to casinos, hotels, places of worship.”
There are a lot of different viewpoints from different security experts, but one thing is for certain there is no perfect balance to help with peoples’ safety and security and their freedoms when going into a hotel. There is no viewpoint that has won, and the debate will continue.
A healthy debate on security measures and what these companies should use to make their places safe for guests is something in the right direction. It’s not divisive and it benefits all parties.
Comment below and tell us what you think should be done?