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My Turn: Preventing violence in crowded places

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We're still learning more about the motivations behind the recent attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya. We're still learning more about the motivations behind the recent attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

We're still learning more about the motivations behind the recent attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

But, we can easily determine it's another act of senseless violence in a world that appears to be increasingly dangerous. I was struck, though, by one of the national news correspondent's questions to a security expert.

The reporter asked if it's time we rethink mall safety around the world. Now, I understand the desire to keep everyone safe and the need to go over systems to see if they're current and able to adapt to new threats.

But what could we possibly do, short of turning malls into maximum security detention centers? There are always going to be crowds: at sporting events, festivals, county fairs and even our churches. 

We will continue to struggle to keep up with the changing dynamics.

Unfortunately, the best we can do is keep our guard up, report suspicious occurrences and work in a broader sense to overcome these cultural and religious convictions that seem to fuel a lot of these tragedies.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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