Los Angeles, CA—The recent video threat to the Minnesota Mall of America and similar targets has some people on edge. They certainly should be!
The threat in Minnesota is not foolproof because that state allows for concealed weapon permits and frankly those prohibition signs are being ignored more often by permitted gun owners than the mall operators realize.
Should things get difficult, armed citizens will always follow their training and do whatever it takes to survive. A quick thinking armed citizen could really put a cramp in some terrorist's plans.
However right now pending the resolution of Peruta vs. San Diego, the draconian gun ban is in place. All of the densely populated cities of California are Gun Free Zones. Meaning only those willing to break the law will be armed.
No gun law will ever prevent or deter any dedicated terrorist or criminal from using bombs, gasoline or firearms to murder innocent people.
Terrorists would be far more successful at a Mall such as the Los Angeles Beverly Center shown above. They have no armed security and the likelihood of facing an armed citizen is nearly zero. Plenty of people could be murdered before the cops would arrive.
Eventually the cops will win and the terrorists could claim their 50 virgins in the hereafter. The mess would be huge international publicity.
Mall security in America has been under the control of gun hating property management companies. They have long considered armed security an insurance liability nightmare.
Mall security duties have been reduced to marshaling lost children and the elderly that can’t remember where they parked their cars. Should they see a disturbance or a crime, they are simply supposed to call the police.
I don’t care what background or training members of mall security departments may have, if they’re discovered with a personal defense weapon beyond lady’s ineffective pepper spray they would be fired on the spot.
Calls to the police these days would actually be made by shoppers that are all carrying cell phones. The security guards are nothing more that more potential hostages and victims.
The pathetic mall security procedures are all set in stone. Local law enforcement cannot provide security for private businesses. They can of course respond to service calls but the cops have no sufficient presence in any mall to immediately engage armed terrorists.
What every mall needs is a well-trained and armed security force to deal with active shooter incidents. That will never happen without a massive change in our culture.
The only viable solution is to allow the law-abiding people to protect themselves under the already granted right to keep and carry arms.
Before that happens malls will begin TSA style screening of shoppers. That will end the shopping mall as we know it and simply they will simply surrender their business to Amazon.com.