Las Vegas Shooting: Update and Thoughts on Prevention

Las Vegas Shooting update and prevention

The horrific Las Vegas shooting raises a multitude of questions and concerns about security.

  • What could have been done at the hotel to detect the weapons?
  • What can be done in the future?
  • How do we use technology in our security efforts?
  • Do we need stricter regulations as it pertains to gun sales to unstable individuals?
  • What can be done to secure large, outside gatherings?
  • And perhaps the most difficult question to face: Is this the new normal that we must all accept?

The Shooter

What makes this shooting even more difficult to understand or accept is that there is no clear understanding as to why 64-year-old multimillionaire Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in an attack that has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence,” reports Fox News, “Paddock had nearly no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world.”

But it’s clear now that Paddock led a “secret life” and amassed a huge arsenal that took decades to acquire. Authorities believe he must have had help from others to carry out the shooting from his luxury suite on the 32nd floor at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino but there is no sign of who that might be.

Preventing Another Las Vegas Shooting

In the days since the Las Vegas shooting, one of the obvious questions being asked is what can be done to prevent this scenario from happening again?

There are no clear answers yet. But prevention might include a number of initiatives that could include the following:

  • Creating a profile of the type of personality that carry out an attack.
  • Soft target locations, such as Las Vegas, need to develop better screening techniques. Cities where large numbers of people walk and gather are particularly susceptible.
  • Develop Smart Weapons that are tied to a database. When an individual is diagnosed as disturbed or depressed they cannot use a weapon.
  • Metal or weapon detectors built into doorframes.
  • Some form of 24/7 security at buildings in tourist areas or cities that attract large numbers of people.

These are just a few ideas to add to the greater conversation. Other people will offer more thoughts and they should all be considered as we move forward.

Final Thoughts

The truth, though, is that we live in a world that is very different from the one we knew in the 1990s. The threat of terror attacks is not going away. In addition, the presence of disturbed individuals may always be part of our vast society.

If we want to avoid mass shootings, it is necessary to begin thinking about security from a multitude of angles, in ways we have not considered in the past, if we want to prevent incidents such as the Las Vegas shooting from happening again.

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