Introduce airport-style security at public events
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I am not trying to start a blaming game on the back of the tragedy at Manchester Arena. If the attacker had used a knife, or a truck to mow down concert-goers on their way out, as seen in previous recent attacks, I would not have started this petition. But try as I may, I fail to understand how a nail and bolt bomb was brought into such a major arena and went undetected.
So instead of suspending their general election campaigns, a respectful gesture through which I am sure they mean well, the Government and Labour alike should perhaps consider paying tribute to all the Manchester victims by launching a bi-partisan review of security measures at large public events such as concerts and sports games, among others. I don't claim to be an expert, but I am fairly certain that airport-style metal detectors and the presence of sniffer dogs could have prevented last night's callous act of hatred. Of course, this costs a substantial amount of money, but if even one innocent life is saved as a result, then I am sure all parties can agree that it would be money well spent.
22 people died last night, among them children and teenagers who were guilty only of trying to have the time of their lives. Many more are injured, and hundreds of others will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and unhealing grief. This needs to stop now, and it can, if certain strategies are put into place. Of course, we must pray for and honour those who have died, but it is also high time to take action. Because until we do, this will just keep happening, if not in Manchester then somewhere else. And no matter how much we believe in the idea that terrorists will never prevail and we will go on with our lives, they DID win last night. Let's work to make sure they never win again.
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