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Armed worker took hostages, fatally shot at Wal-Mart: Could tighter gun control have prevented this?

  • Large retail outlets must have adequate security

    Yes, tighter gun control could prevent hostage takings in public places. It is up to each state to pass gun control laws. Many laws are outdated, and need to be re-examined. The stores have to take their own measures. It is easy to get in and out of a Walmart store. Oftentimes, there are no greeters, and no visible security guards at the doors and entrances. People come and go on a continuous basis at any Walmart store, so it would be difficult to spot an armed person. The retail chain may have to install cameras at the entrances with closed in entrance ways and turn stiles, such as those in large grocery stores. The ambience of the Walmart store is somewhat compromised. People like to think of Walmart as a non-threatening place to do their shopping, a place to find deals and have an enjoyable shopping experience. There may have to be guards at numerous points in the store, and I dread say, armed guards in place, if the situation continues.

  • Yes, tighter gun control could reduce this type of tragedy.

    Yes, some additional gun control is necessary to reduce the amount of gun violence in the United States; especially mass shootings. Of course, someone intending to do harm to others can find another means to do so besides guns. However, the amount of gun violence in the United States is staggering when compared to the rest of the developed World. In short, some common sense gun control laws might have been able to prevent this armed worker from taking hostages.

  • Yes, tighter gun control can help to prevent instances such as an armed employee taking hostages at Wal-Mart

    Yes, tighter gun control can help to prevent instances such as an armed employee taking hostages at Wal-Mart. It seems as though there is a new newsworthy instance of gun use everyday. Tighter gun control is necessary to make going anywhere in America today safer. Gun control laws need to much stronger.

  • Gun control could not prevent this

    I don't think having gun laws, at this moment in time, could prevent this from happening. I firmly believe that even if guns are outlawed in the country, people who want these weapons will be able to get them. This includes the black market, other countries or even being able to make the weapons themselves.


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