Bring better security to venues i.e. concerts or sporting events
This petition had 32 supporters
After many terror attacks on concert venues, it has come to the attention of many individuals that the security in venues needs to be improved significantly.
- 8th of December, 2004 - attack at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, during a Damageplan show. Less than a minute into the first song of their set, Nathan Gale, 25, went onstage and shot and killed Dimebag Darrell. Gale also killed fan Nathan Bray, 23, club employee Erin Halk, 29, and Pantera (the previous band Darrell was a member of) security official Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, 40. He injured longtime Pantera and Damageplan drum technician John "Kat" Brooks and Damageplan tour manager Chris Paluska before being shot dead by Columbus police officer James Niggemeyer.
- 26th of May, 2010 - attack outside the Stavropol Concert Hall 15 minutes prior to the popular Chechen dance show Vainakh due to perform there. 8 deaths, and 40 injured.
- 13th of November, 2015 - attack at the Bataclan venue, Paris, France, during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. 137 deaths. (130 victims, 7 perpetrators)
- 10th of June, 2016 - attack by a fan at a Christina Grimmie concert at The Plaza Live, Orlando, Florida. 2 deaths. Grimmie, and the attacker.
- 22nd of May, 2017 - attack at the M.E.N arena, Manchester, England during an Ariana Grande concert. So far 22 confirmed deaths. 55+ injured.
These are only a handful of examples. Situations such as these happen once too many times. From people I have spoken to who have attended the Ariana Grande concert last night, and concerts I have attended recently at the same venue, it is evident that the security do a poor job at protecting concert go-ers. They don't check bags from harmful devices/lethal weapons. Despite their "no food or drink from outside the venue" policy, they don't appear to check. Many fans and their families claimed to not have had their bags and pockets checked yesterday. There have been reports of people acting suspiciously, which was upsetting people, and despite being informed of said suspicious behaviour, the security didn't listen and ignored the claims and complaints. If the security would have done their jobs correctly in the first place, this barbaric incident could've been prevented in the first place.
People are living in fear, not knowing when the next attack will be. It's already concerning that people are adamant there will be a "next time". People are afraid to attend gigs and concerts. They shouldn't have to be afraid of somewhere that should be a safe haven for everyone. And unfortunately, it's only until a horrific incident such as last night's attack happens, that people realize that security must be improved. It is already too late. And how long until they stop doing their job correctly again? Why aren't they treating it like airports? Metal detectors, full bag searches, pocket emptying. Whatever it takes so that people can actually feel safe. Who cares if doors have to open earlier, or that it takes longer to enter the venue. If it means that we will make it out of the venue still alive and not bleeding, shaking in fear, no one cares. We need our safety to be ensured and we need to feel protected.
Even back in 2015, the security at the M.E.N arena was atrocious. No one's bags were being checked. I have attended 3 concerts in this venue since then, and it was the same. Many agree. There was no order leaving or entering the venue. It was easy for small children to be trampled to death, or for anyone to be pushed up against a wall and suffocated. It's chaos, and no one should feel as unsafe as people do.
Something needs to change. Please help.
Today: Elen is counting on you
Elen McGregor needs your help with “Manchester Arena: Bring better security to venues i.e. concerts or sporting events”. Join Elen and 31 supporters today.