In reading various news reports about the Orlando massacre and the maniac Mateen, I see many reports eulogizing the victims .. and others questioning whether the FBI contacts with Mateen could somehow have prevented his weekend rampage.
What I don’t see is the answer to this question -- how did he manage to get an AR-15 assault rifle into the nightclub ?
Are the security rules in Orlando / the U.S. so different from here in the capital of Ecuador where there has been no terrorism and I doubt a lone-wolf actor such as Mateen could get an assault weapon into a club....
The nightclubs here typically follow this model for security at the door....
1. Everybody entering must show an original government-issued picture ID.
2. Everybody entering gets ‘patted down’ for possible weapons.
3. Anything that doesn’t fit in your pockets must be checked at the one entrance -- to be held in a secure room or a set of lockers outside the front door.
Shouldn’t this stuff be Standard Operating Procedure at a place in the U.S. with characteristics such as describe a big-city nightclub -- a place where hundreds of people gather in a limited, indoor, semi-enclosed space ... ?
cccmedia in Quito, Ecuador