Regal Cinemas has started checking bags in the wake of two separate movie theater attacks this summer. The move from the country’s largest theater chain comes amid a larger debate about safety measures that has provoked calls for metal detectors and armed guards. Most major exhibitors haven’t followed suit. While National Amusements has banned backpacks in its theaters, insiders say most chains are hesitant to institute bag checks.
On its website, Regal acknowledged that the move could inconvenience some customers but said in a statement: “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theatres.”This is not a political blog and I have no intention of turning it into one, so I'm gonna make this short by leaving these links for you to peruse and to decide for yourself whether security checks at movie theaters are the real solution to this problem.
What does gun violence really cost? By the numbers
Trainwreck actress Amy Schumer speaks out on gun control
Right-wingers' solution to movie theater shootings: more guns
Preventing movie theater violence: Why extra security - even if we're willing to pay for it - isn't the answer
(For the record, I don't go to Regal Cinemas if I can help it. Too damn expensive.)
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